We are lucky enough to have access to the Internet virtually anywhere we go. Between smart phones and laptops and tablets, it is so easy to be connected all the time.
Juniata’s campus is completely and utterly connected via email. Announcements are sent out daily, professors keep in contact through the click of a button, and most students also use it to contact one another whether it be for clubs, group projects, or just to check in. In many ways it is easy, but in many ways I find it as a nuisance.
I have my email set up to go directly to my phone. I figure the quicker I get emails the better, especially since I average about 32 emails (actual emails, not junk) a day. But there are some problems. I live in the new dorm on campus, and our wifi is less than stellar. Half my emails come in clumps halfway through the day. Or there’s the problem of simply missing an email. Or overlooking it. Or emails getting sent to spam. Or clicking the wrong person’s name in the contact list. The problems are endless. And because we are so accustomed to the use of all this technology, we don’t often double check what we are doing or give it a second though. Which leads to a lotttttt of miscommunication.
If we didn’t have email, things would be a COMPLETE mess. But having email isn’t so simple and sweet either.
Because we are so attached to our phones, we don’t want to go up and talk to people which many times ends up in us waiting for an email back. We have to learn that sometimes you have to go talk to people face to face. Sometimes you have to call them and talk to them. Sometimes you can’t always hide behind the computer screen.
Do you use email often? Do you ever experience any communication issues? What’s your experience in using email?