Everyday, in the office, I am bombarded with loads of e-mail, so much so that I don’t bother to read each and every of them in details. Quite often I only read the first paragraph.
Feeding the e-mail overload is a practice to “acknowledge e-mail”. Consider this case:
The boss sends an e-mail to April, May, June, Julius and Augustus, telling them that he would be off the following day. All the recipients click “Reply All”, enter “Noted”, and click the Send button.
So, there are six e-mails flying around.
My personal e-mail account is also flooded with messages, many of them come from Buddhist groups. Another case:
Buddhist Group A sends an e-mail to the secretary of Buddhist Group B. The mail is about the upcoming talks by a renowned monk. The secretary is so “compassionate” that she helps to forward it. I am in the mailing list of both groups, so I get two copies of the same e-mail.
I have asked these Buddhist groups to set up their web pages and update their activities from there. Somehow, the people responsible are still more comfortable with e-mail…