Do you remember when emails were novel? Remember the first email you ever sent? Remember being amazed at how fast you could get a response? Perhaps you were even excited to see another email pop up in your inbox. Many of us were actually elated when the AOL voice would chime in, declaring, “You’ve Got Mail.”
Those days are over
By now, emails have been painted as the enemy of the people, in many respects. On a personal level, it's become increasingly difficult to keep up with the flood of new ones pouring into our inboxes. Between personal emails, work, spam and marketing offers, inboxes fill up pretty fast these days. In many cases, the number of unanswered messages rises into the thousands.
But this is just a sign of other, larger things. Technology and digital communication has been in control of our lives for at least the past 20 years, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. That can get overwhelming or downright depressing at times. The feeling you get when looking at a Mount Everest-sized pile of unread emails is just a particularly sharp example of that.
Sharing the pain, people on twitter are discussing the phenomenon and, as if in a group therapy session, revealing their own massive, anxiety-inducing numbers of unanswered emails.
Some are just coming to the realization that this is a problem.
i'm cleaning out my emails and i just realized i'm a literal email hoarder. is that a thing? it definitely needs to be. it's a real thing.
— brannan (@_brannancarter) December 7, 2017
omg me too i have 87,556 unread emails 😀 — Kelsey Patton (@dirtyjauregui) December 7, 2017
Some people are still in denial.
I have 22 unchecked voicemails and 1,011 unread emails. This is okay. 🔥🔥🙃🔥🔥 Also, my DND is turned on. Don't bother calling because I won't get it. ✨ pic.twitter.com/QY6j6QBIpY — Eko Kumori (@TheBarkingFox) December 6, 2017
For some, emails are just a nuisance, as is the general public apparently.
This person is actually just cool with it.
@RADIOROULA Hi Roula! You thought 14K was a lot of unread emails?? I got that beat! Doesn't bother me. Just read the ones I want. I'm far past erasing all of them. It would take a lifetime! 😜 pic.twitter.com/qJAT8oR4Ch
— L.A. 2 HTOWN CHICA (@Cholosoxsluvr) December 4, 2017
Kenny is actually about to level up into a new dimension of email inundation.
And some people are just done.
A friend showed me her phone over the weekend — 133,000 unread emails. I had to walk away.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker6) December 4, 2017
Let us all hope for the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to click "delete all."