Emails will be stored and shared, if we can get around the firewalls and passwords, but no one is ever going to discover a cache of their grandparents’ emails in the attic. Our digital communication basically just shows where we were at a particular time. We’ll have our calendars and lots of texts saying “I’m going to be 10 minutes late” or “Let’s meet for supper here.” We’re wrong if we think that emails are going be around forever. Even today, some people think emails are too formal, too much effort. In 20 years all of our communication will be instant: texts, tweets, Skype messages. And then we will hardly leave any written record behind us at all.

I have a lot of emails. Whatever. Define a lot. Are 10,117 emails in my inbox and 17,596 emails in my sent box a lot? I mean, only 2800 of them are unread. I have only nine emails in my drafts, and all of them are written to only one person, my ex. Anyway, those are more of a writing exercise in finding nine different ways to say ” If selfishness were a food source, you could end world hunger.”


Personally, I think a single-digit count of unsent rage-filled emails shows remarkable restraint.