Written by Kevin L. Howard   

People who hate talking on the phone should love emailing.  That is, unless they hate writing just as much.  I fall into the first category and unfortunately most of my friends fall into the second.  This odd paring makes for difficult relationships.  Allow me to vent.  The folks on my email list say they’re my friends, and that they want to stay in touch.  Yet when I write them, they never write back.  When I send out my general emails to several friends at once, no one seems to have the time to tell me they received it.  They want to keep receiving it, but never want to write me back.  How difficult is clicking reply and then typing a few words and hitting the send button?  It takes no more than a couple of minutes to write two sentences, acknowledging my presence.  Do my friends not know that if they wait more than two days to email, then they’ve defeated the purpose of having email?  The post office can usually deliver an old fashion hand-written letter within three days.  So why do my friends have an email address if they won’t write back?  My friends, if I can call them that, must love to torture me.  They write each other long emails, I’m sure of it, plotting how they’ll wait at least two months to respond, and then answer only one of the three questions I asked (if they reply at all).  I’m sensing that I may be bitter, but at least I write back.