There is too much of it, and the wrong kind of it, from the wrong people.When people aren’t hating their inboxes out loud, they are quietly emailing to say that they’re sorry for replying so late, and for all the typos, and for missing your earlier note, and for forgetting to turn off auto-reply, and for sending this from their mobile device, and for writing too long, and for bothering you at all.
As Internet adoption steadily climbed, email became its cultural touchstone, and the inbox became a phenomenon.
At first, email was useful, but it wasn’t widely used—it would be decades before electronic mail entered the mainstream.
In the 1980s, early adopters flocked to networked services like Compu Serve and Prodigy, both of which offered email access, though not necessarily as a central feature.
With email’s reputation now cratering, service providers offer tools to help you hit “inbox zero,” while startups promise to kill email altogether.
It’s even become fashionable in tech circles to brag about how little a person uses email anymore. The computer engineer Raymond Tomlinson sent the first email in 1971.