When I was in high school I worked at my brother's law firm. During the day while I was at school, phone calls would come in for me and when I came into the office I was expected to return them. My brother sat me down and explained to me that I had to be professional and to be professional, I needed to return these phone calls promptly. I hated this. Jed and my family especially know how much I hate talking on the phone, returning phone calls, ordering pizza, etc. I really should use this feature, but I don't necessarily want people to call me back either. Basically, unless it's family wanting to chat, it's someone wanting me to do something. Right?* But if someone calls and leaves me a message, I return the phone call... promptly. Within 24 hours promptly.
Now that you know this about me, you can rightly assume that I love email. You can also take a wild guess and be right, that I check my email dozens of times a day. Due to this craziness in myself, I have a hard time understanding people who don't check their email often. Especially people under 50 years old. I also get extremely annoyed when people don't respond back to my email questions promptly. Partially, because it shows respect and good etiquette to respond quickly. And partially, (maybe mainly) because I don't want to have to call you.
Am I the only person like this? Do other people hate the phone? Love email? Demand prompt responses to either??
*My parents didn't get an answering machine until just a few years ago because they figured if people needed to talk to them, they'd call back. If they were just asking them to do something, they'd find someone else. And they didn't want people leaving messages assuming they'd do something that they hadn't agreed to do.