Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What E-mailers Really Mean

So if someone ends an email with “Take Care”, don’t you assume they are done with the email exchange and don’t expect to hear from you for at least days, if not weeks or months? That’s the way I take it.

As with everything in emails, it’s hard to read into the writer’s intention since you can’t see their facial expressions and body language, and you can’t hear inflections in their voice. Therefore, it becomes necessary to fill in those “meaning” blanks. Am I wrong? Is “take care” not necessarily just a polite way of telling the person you are emailing that you expect to be done with them for a while?

And no, I’m not telling you strangers why I’m asking.

2 comments:

rickmonday said...

Dave,

Your "take care" example is a good example of what is wrong with email. It totally removes the connotations that one can see or hear by talking to the person either on the phone or live.

Often times, it is hard to understand if the writer is being sarcastic, funny, or serious.

Plus, remember this golden rule. Assume everything that you write in an email will be read by someone other than just the intended receiver.

geek_guy said...

Plus, remember this golden rule. Assume everything that you write in an email will be read by someone other than just the intended receiver.

Ok Rick, shall I forward all your love letters to me off?

Often times, it is hard to understand if the writer is being sarcastic, funny, or serious.

Another fine example, take care.