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How to Improve Communication in a Relationship with Email

Aug 17, 2007
How does email communication in a relationship help foster better bonding? Well, basically emailing is the newest trend in communication nowadays. Almost everyone knows how to email now even elderly people have taken the time to master the process of emailing. Emailing has the potential to change lives.

How can emailing improve your communication in a relationship?

1) For partners who are far apart, emailing is one way for them to stay in touch constantly. Some people may opt to email on a daily basis; others like to stay in touch more frequently (i.e. hourly or twice a day.)

2) For business contacts, emailing may help them keep updated on the progress of their various projects. This is particularly important when one party has outsourced projects to the other party.

3) For groups of people, emailing makes it possible for all members of the group to receive the same email message at the same time. Some common email groups systems are google groups and yahoo groups.

4) Because email systems can save sent mail in their respective servers for their users, it is possible for users to retrieve past communication. This is quite useful in relationships when conflict has cropped up because one party mis-read or misinterpreted his email. Going back over the email in question helps resolve problems immediately.

5) More relationships between acquaintances of acquaintances can be created through the forward function in emailing. For example, when I receive an email that I think would interest another friend of mine, I can easily forward it to him. Then, maybe eventually the person who sent me the email can meet the person who I forwarded the email to. Thus, my network of friends becomes closer.

It is also possible for communication in a relationship to be weak though because of the following factors:

1) Anonymity - this is a common problem because cyberspace permits us to stay hidden behind usernames that may be vague or unique enough to prevent our identity from being disclosed. Some people are turned off by this. In some cases, it can be dangerous to receive email from an anonymous sender because the attachments may contain computer viruses.

2) Asynchronous interaction - some people feel frustrated that emailing does not occur in real time, meaning I may write an email now and send it but the other party may not read it until hours, even days later. If the email contains urgently-needed information, the consequences could be terrible. One recent case of this is the Virginia Tech shootings - the school administration sent an email about the risk of being shot through the school email system but not everyone in the school population was logged into their email at the time. Thus, many more people died than could have been prevented.

3) Existence of spam - unwanted messages such as spam make the prospect of receiving email risky. Spam is annoying because many times it may contain nonsense that you must waste time reading, or even contain virus-laden attachments that can destroy your computer. Fortunately, many spam emails are immediately weeded but by anti-spam software.

How prevalent is the practice of emailing now? Users of email can be categorized as the following:

1) Fanatical email users - such people choose to email constantly, with some opting to wait with their email systems open 24 hours so that they can immediately pounce on the latest email to enter their inbox.

2) Regular email users - these people are relatively normal because they only check their email once a day or a few times per week.

3) Sporadic email users - people in this last category are users who rarely use their email systems. Maybe many are just too busy to look into their inboxes. Some could be intimidated by the technology and opt to avoid all contact altogether.

Regardless of which category you fall in, one thing is sure - emailing is a good way to maintain your communication in a relationship or any key relationships.
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