A bad habit that seems to still be in full use is taking another Sender’s email and replying to all the recipients with your off-topic news or comments. The original recipient and all those they sent to are left to read your comments or POV on a topic that is not related to the original email or the what is in the Subject: field.
While one can preempt these email hijackers by using the BCc: field, this is happening most between family and friends where all the emails noted know each other and therefore privacy is not a concern. But what I hear from frustrated little birdies out there is that they are tired of family members or close friends taking over their email communications with stuff that has nothing to do with the email they initiated.
Narcissists think only of what they want to do or say at any given point in time. Considering feelings other than their own or how their actions may affect the folks they claim to care about is simply something that never crosses their mind. Onliners who hijack email conversations tend to fall in this category.
When you want to share some news that has nothing to do with an established email conversation or if you want to chat about an entirely different topic than the Subject: field indicates, all you have to do is hit Reply to All — and take a few moments to simply change the Subject field to reflect what you want to talk about.
Yes, technology is increasingly all about me, me, myself, and more of me! But those who show the courtesy to respect others by “using technology with knowledge, understanding and courtesy” are those who have deeper and more meaningful relationships — on and off-line.