Tech Writer's Experiment: 'I’m Quitting Email'

MG Siegler will try to escape the 'devil' for a month

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 7, 2011 12:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – MG Siegler of TechCrunch sees email as the "absolute devil," a time-sucking demon that haunts him morning to night. Solution: "For the rest of this month, I’m not going to respond to any emails," he writes. "None." Those who email him will get an auto response telling them to figure out a different way to communicate. Lots of people talk about hating email, but few actually do anything about it, he explains. "I’m done waiting and making excuses. I’m just going to do it."

Sure, those "alternative communications" are bound to pile up, too, but the beauty is that many don't require him to answer. "With email, a huge problem is that people expect a response every time. With tweets, people don’t." He's not sure what to expect: "Will the world end? Will TechCrunch implode? I suspect not. I think that the ultimate result of this experiment will be much less shocking: fewer emails will be sent."

'Email is the absolute devil,' writes MG Siegler. He's going to try to escape.
'Email is the absolute devil,' writes MG Siegler. He's going to try to escape.   (Shutterstock)
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