Twitter users reveal their insane numbers of unread emails

The numbers are staggering

Published December 7, 2017 1:42PM (EST)


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.

Some people are still in denial. 

For some, emails are just a nuisance, as is the general public apparently.

  This person is actually just cool with it.

Kenny is actually about to level up into a new dimension of email inundation.

And some people are just done.

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."

By Jarrett Lyons

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