Remember when email did not exist?
When my friends and I wanted to get together and do something we would call each other on the telephone. Or they would just come over to my house and sit on my couch and say, “So what do you want to do?”
When my friends wanted to tell me something they would call me on the telephone. Or they would tell me on the school bus on the way to school. Sometimes they would tell me things on the way home from school.
When my friends wanted to show me something funny or disgusting or inappropriate they would have to show me while I was at their house, unless they happened to have whatever they wanted to show me in their schoolbag. But bringing anything to school entailed risk.
When my friends wanted to invite to their birthday parties they would mail me an invitation. Sometimes they would bring the invitation into school and hand them out. I always felt awkward when they handed out invitations in school because not everyone got an invitation.
When strangers wanted to sell me something I did not need they would send me marketing materials to my mailbox. They still do this.
When someone wanted to tell me a joke, they had to tell me in person. They could tell right away if I thought it was funny. They could also tell right away if I did not think it was funny.
And now all of these go through one channel called email. Who says people don’t read anymore?