The relevance of #Email via The Atlantic’s
“’It may be called something else, it may be embedded within some other app. We may even abandon the protocols. But I don’t think it’s going away…Email is always going to have a place.’
For an activity that’s so mundane, email seems to be infused with an extraordinary amount of dread and guilt. Several studies have linked frequent email-checking with higher levels of anxiety. One study found that constant email-checkers also had heart activity that suggested higher levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress—until they were banned from their inboxes.
In the mobile Internet age, checking email is simultaneously a nervous tic and, for many workers, a tether to the office. A person’s email inbox is where forgotten passwords are revived; where mass-mailings are collected; and where pumpkin-pie recipes, toddler photos, and absurd one-liners are shared. The inbox, then, is a place of convergence: for junk, for work, for advertising, and still sometimes for informal, intimate correspondence.” … CONTINUE READING
“Email is the last great unowned technology,” said the Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain