I used to give out my e-mail address.
You know, before the everyone and my mom knew about IM. But that isn’t the reason I don’t give out my e-mail address anymore.
Or before the advent of Myspace/Facebook. But that still doesn’t hit the root of why I don’t give out my e-mail address anymore.
I don’t give out my e-mail address anymore due to the fact that anybody who asks you for your e-mail address is not thinking, “Good! I can finally keep in touch with this person!” They are thinking, “Good! I have 500 chain letters that I need to send out so I won’t die on Saturday, and stuff that I deem as funny that has been around longer than Usenet!”
E-mail: Please die, <3 everyone.
I was reminded how much I hate e-mail just today. Although it really started 2 months ago.
My mom and I went to church one night, and it was a good service. I was sitting next to Mom, and next to us was this one woman who I talked to before it started.
At the end of service she asks for my e-mail. Now, here’s a bad position to be in. One, I can’t lie and say I don’t have an e-mail address; my mom is sitting right next to me, knows better, and would’ve called me on it, and I would’ve looked horrible in church. Two, I can’t give a fake e-mail, or else she’ll just bug me about her e-mails bouncing back every week at church. Yet three, I know what’s coming as soon as she asked.
So I give it to her, and not three hours later I get an e-mail entitled: “FW: This is funny!”
Back before myspace, I became very very selective about who got my e-mail address. In ’06, after one of my coworkers began sending me 500 chain letters a day, I refused to give it out unless absolutely necessary (meaning, if I’m not e-mailing you an attachment that for some reason, wouldn’t send in IM, or I need to e-mail you a referral code for something, you don’t get my e-mail). And it’s things like this that make me wish that we would revert back to the pony express type crap.