I get about 300 emails a week, not counting the ones that go directly into my spam folder.
About 10 percent, maybe 15 percent of those emails are ones I need to do my job each week. That means there are at least 250 emails every week that I have to look at but don't need or want.
Fortunately, email systems are pretty good these days. Between the sender's email address and the subject line, I can tell at a glance whether I need to open an email.
I try to keep up with email daily as it comes in so I don't miss ones that need immediate attention. A few slip by me. So, each Sunday, I scroll down three pages in my inbox and then work my way back up looking for emails that I need including ones I may have missed.
Since I own three businesses, I have three email accounts specific to each business. But they all forward to my Google email so they're all in one place. I have another email just for this column, which also forwards to my Gmail. I also have an old Yahoo email that I use just for junk.
By junk, I mean those associated with online forms or retail purchases. Everyone wants your email these days, and you often can't even check out at a store register without registering an email. That's when I use the Yahoo email.
What that means is if I give you my Yahoo email, I will almost never see the emails you send to me. I'm sorry that I'm wasting your time, but it's either your time or mine.
I do open the Yahoo account once in a while. If I'm going to order cigars, for instance, I'll check to see if I have any coupons in my email account. I can search for the name of the cigar company and know within seconds if there's a coupon.
I've heard that younger people don't use email anymore. I don't know how they get by without it.
I'm trying to remember when I first started using email. It was probably an AOL account back when we had dial-up internet access. Kids today don't even know what that is.
Prior to the internet as we know it, we had what was called bulletin boards services. Remember those? They essentially were internet sites that you could access by using individual phone numbers for each one.
I loved BBSes. For about a month. Then I opened up a $400 phone bill and unplugged my modem.
That was the late 1980s when internet access was through the phone line. Now, we're still using our phones to access the internet, but I haven't had a landline for probably 18 years.
There undoubtedly are kids in high school today who never had a landline in their homes that they can remember. They never knew life before microwave ovens. Never watched TV on a black and white screen. Don't know what an 8-track is or even a cassette player.
So, what's my point? There is no point. Except I'm old and I need to start sifting through 300 emails. At least I don't have to dial up each one.
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