I have a pet peeves list that I occasionally check. Of course said list is a list kept in my memory bank. And, here in the social media world. In a world where we get a minimum of 100 emails a day, they need to each mean something. If there are empty emails in that daily count minutes may be lost. Additional clicks to be made. Carpel tunnel to ensue.
What do I mean by empty emails? You know very well what those are. Someone sends an email to a group of staff with a project update. Someone, maybe yourself, says thank you and a few additional words. Then, a group email comes back in with the following words “you’re welcome.” I suppose one can argue that Ms Manners would state that it is proper etiquette to acknowledge the “thank you” with a “you’re welcome”. But is it truly proper etiquette to do so in the year 2019?
I personally don’t need a “you’re welcome”. Especially when 20 people are in the group email. And, especially when that is all you are saying. Lastly, especially when my inbox is already too full of unread emails. I don’t want to stay up all night going thtough and deleting so many empty emails.
I suppose I sound a bit of a curmudgeon. I suppose those sending said emails are only doing so to be polite. I suppose there are worse things in life. But a pet peeve is just that. A peeve and it’s usually about inconsequential things. But I think we can update our rules of thumb and Ms. Manner’s guidelines. Right?!