Why is it some folks feel the need to use profanity in their e-mails? There are other words one can use — so what’s with the swearing?? I believe communicating in this way speaks volumes about the sender. Don’t you?
I see it in e-mails, on forums and even those who use my contact form here on this site. Who would have thought the topic of e-mail etiquette would get some so riled up!
If one lands here at my E-mail Etiquette site and they do not agree with the concept of using technology properly or communicating with courtesy, why would they then feel the need to defame this Web site and myself with four-letter cuss words? What’s the point?? Actually folks who do this pretty much reinforce the need for a site like this, right?
Does this approach make these type of onliners feel better about themselves or about not practicing E-mail Etiquette by “killing the messenger?”
I’m not sure. But what I can tell you is these folks are the minority. I get e-mails daily from far more nice, thoughtful and courteous Netizens!
If you disagree with the opinions or writings of others, you are welcome to let them know — that is part and parcel of being online — comments, feedback, forums, contact forms. But why not communicate based on the issues while having a constructive conversation where ideas and points of view get shared?
When I receive these e-mail, I always shake my head and wonder what it going on in the head of the sender where they felt the need to communicate in that way. To actually type those words. I wonder how they communicate in the rest of their life and what is behind their negative and many times destructive way of communicating. I don’t take their attacks personally, as I know they are unhappy and lonely folks to feel the need to take the time to send an e-mail with that type of verbiage.
If you are online, you will run into these types. I think by hiding behind these screens and name calling the moment they run into a different opinion in some way emboldens them. It becomes clear their point of view is not valid if this is the only way they can communicate their opinions.
When you run into this type of onliner, you have with the opportunity to set an example. If you do feel the need to respond, and keep in mind many times there is no such need – treat them with the level of courtesy they were unable to offer you.
Have you received nasty e-mails that have profanity in them? How did you handle that situation?