Is Social Media Influencing Professional Emailing?

5 Feb

With websites such as Twitter and Facebook making communication simple, are youths not learning the important skill of professional emailing? A couple years ago, the question was if text messaging was ruining the art of communication, but in the boom of websites making communication informal, is the art of professional emailing being lost? Growing up in this technology filled world, “Talk to you later” has been transformed to “TTYL,” and “Laughing out loud” is “LOL.” My fear is that in this switch to condensed communication, the art of emailing is being lost.

In some instances, even employers are struggling with the concept of keeping emails professional. In recent communication with a number of employers, the style in which some company’s phrase emails is alarming. Companies that pride themselves on a relaxed environment refuse to keep emails professional. In the past months I have been looking for an internship, I’ve seen everything from a smiley face to multiple exclamation points in emails. I understand the benefits of a stress free work environment, but aren’t emails a subject that should stay professional? In high school the art of writing is taught over and over. So when will emailing be an additional course?

In the business world, groups communicate, plan meetings, and even hire or fire employees by email. The question is whether email should be further condensed into Twitter or Facebook conversation types? While I agree that emailing is an efficient and expedient was to communicate, people should take the time to make email professional. If not for the sake of themselves, then for the sake of future generations actually communicating in sentences. And on that note, I G2G. Check that, I have to go!

by Christopher Klimek

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One Response to “Is Social Media Influencing Professional Emailing?”

  1. Jacob Trunsky February 7, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    I really enjoyed your post, Christopher! Email communication in business environments is becoming less formal, and I believe the trend started when companies started issuing smartphones to their employees. While these devices are great for on-the-go work, they
    are harder to type and format on, which ultimately leads to these less professional correspondences.

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