People tend to delay answering emails when they don't have what they consider to be good answers or when they want to avoid whatever responsibility the email demands of them.
But this is like being asked a question in person and rather than responding, "I don't know" or "I'll have to think about it," turning on your heels and walking away in silence.
When we have a conflict, we turn our chairs around and talk.
Even when we're all careful to use the Internet only to exchange information, problems can still arise.
DANGERS Making our meaning clear electronically presents extra challenges.
For example, we write things like "LOL" and "LMOA" to describe our laughter, but they're no real substitute for people laugh, which has real power to lift our spirits when we're feeling low.
In-person interactions, though more difficult, are more likely to result in positive outcomes and provide opportunities for personal growth.
Whenever I hear stories of romantic break-ups, firings, or even arguments going on electronically, I cringe.
For whatever reason, the restraints that stop most of us from blurting out things in public we know we shouldn't seem far weaker when our mode of communication is typing.
Photo: Steve Keys Email, Twitter, Facebook, My Space, You Tube, Delicious, Digg, Linked In, blogs (of course), and scores of others—all part of the new and wonderful ways we can now connect with one another electronically, each with its own culture and unique set of rules.
In one sense, the planet has never been more interconnected.
It's as if the part of our nervous system that registers the feelings of others has been paralyzed or removed when we're communicating electronically, as if we're drunk and don't realize or don't care that our words are hurting others.
Social media websites are wonderful tools but are often abused.