April 21, 2003

My Head Hurts

Literally. It does.

What a day. Things didn't go exactly as planned. And I have a ton of stuff to do before heading to PHPCon--including my talk.

Posted by jzawodn at 08:50 PM

E-Mail Tension Syndrome

From NewsScan comes this odd report:

People's anxieties and fears over e-mail etiquette have given rise to a new term: pre- and post-mail tension (PPMT). A major problem is that as many as half of all e-mail users fail to properly understand all the nuances of personal messages, and blame the resulting confusion for arguments and even relationship break-ups. "E-mail is a great way to make contact with people and maybe develop a romance. The problem of PPMT we have revealed by these statistics is caused not by e-mail itself, but how people let their anticipation and expectation get the better of them," says Helen Petrie, professor of human computer interaction at London's City University. A survey by Yahoo! Mail showed that people can become obsessed with "inbox expectations" -- constantly checking their e-mail inbox to see if a message has been answered. Sixty-four percent of respondents in that survey reported problems concentrating at work if they were waiting for a reply to a specific e-mail, reinforcing the impression that e-mail is contributing to workplace "cyber-slacking."

Read more about it in This ZDNet story.

I'll never be amazed by the the strange ways in which people react to technology.

Posted by jzawodn at 09:53 AM