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A 12 Step Program for E-mail?

by | Feb 26, 2007 | Observations

For regular readers, you know my thoughts about our increasing connectivity and our need to be constantly “plugged in.”

There is now a 12-step program developed by executive coach Marsha Egan to aid in the fight against email addiction.

Seems a little much doesn’t it? Needing a 12-step program to cure email addiction? This is definitely not a problem for our parents’ generation. The need to be constantly connected has ingrained itself in our society and I think it’s only going to get worse before it gets better.

I’m glad people who recognize they have a problem are getting help. I think it’s time we all took a step back to evaluate our own technology dependence. Does John really need an answer via email in the next two minutes? Probably not, and if he does he should make a phone call or if you’re in the same office, walk down the hall. 

Person to person contact, remember that? Email is convenient and has its place in business, but our reliance on it as the main form of communication is getting to be too much if it requires a 12-step program to “get back on the wagon.”

For the curious, here’s the link to the 12-steps.

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