This is a common scenario. You want something from someone urgently so you send them an email. They don’t reply and then you decide to go to them and ask, “Why haven’t you replied?”
They tell you, “Your email must have been lost in the middle of the 500 unread emails I have.”
The only reaction to this statement is to raise your eyebrows in suspicion.
a) we all come from the internet age. Okay some of us might not have been born in the middle of it, but at some point or another we did make the transition from the paper era to the computer era.
b) We know what constitutes a large portion of these emails;
1) They are facebook notifications
2) They are twitter notifications
3) They are daily or weekly digests of a blog we follow
4) Multiply point (3) by the number of blogs we follow
5) Forwards and other types of spam.
6) Work-related emails where you’ve been in the conversation loop since forever but you don’t need to open or respond to them
Therefore, most likely than not, these unread emails may remain unread, FOREVER. And for a very good reason, too. While the internet is supposed to help us make communications easier and faster, it has also succeeded in giving some people a truthful excuse to evade work. Next time you hear the “it got lost in the middle of the other 500 emails” ask yourself what’s the true message behind that statement?