I like you in real life, but not in e-mail life

16 Sep

I had a recent in-person conversation with someone I thought was cool. That was until that person told me she hated when people peppered their e-mails with exclamation points. I immediately did the wrong thing. I decided, I don’t think this person is that cool anymore. Why? Because I’m an exclamation pointer, of course!

What? Really? Did I just form an opinion of someone because of her attitude toward electronic communication? Ridiculous and common.

  • Maybe you dislike the person who never shows emotion in their e-mail. Their message sounds dry, cold or demanding. Maybe you’re the opposite (like my uncool acquaintance above) and can’t stand it when people use the exclamation point.
  • The same goes for the smiley face. Maybe you think it helps signify that you’re kidding, friendly or providing service with a smile. Others, though, may see it as unprofessional. They automatically don’t take you seriously and won’t be able to anymore.
  • All caps – why are you yelling at me? No caps – lazy much?
  • Nice in person but an a-hole online? An a-hole in person but suddenly get a sense of humor in every e-mail you send?

Have your own e-mail annoyance?

4 Responses to “I like you in real life, but not in e-mail life”

  1. thypolarlife September 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Way too funny! Oops. I do it too! I am a vocal person and have no trouble communicating, either in person or electronically. I know that most people are not that way though. Its easier to communicate electronically than in person. So, if you are a dud in an email and can’t express yourself we shouldn’t be talking.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ginger September 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    The all caps thing – it makes me crazy.

    Also, a typo or misspelling or two is fine, but I’ve gotten some emails that are almost unreadable. TURN THE CAPS LOCK OFF AND THE SPELL CHECK ON!

    • nikkival September 17, 2010 at 10:42 am #

      Agree! All caps makes me scared.

  3. betsy September 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    I’m with you. My widdle feewings get hurt when people are curt in emails. Be nice, people. I’m FRIENDLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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