- Internet & the Web
Email Forwards and their evil perpetuation
We all get them, Email Forwards. Those seemingly mindless email forwards, often passed on without thought, and often filled with threats of how your mother, dog, brother will die in 3 hours if you break the chain. I generally find these as annoying as the dreaded spam.
I am not talking about quick cute joke email forwards or even the picture forwards. The ones that truly annoy me include either a promise of good (Billy Gates is tracking this email and will send someone...), a threat to you (you're going to lose the one you love), or the one I find most offensive the one claiming you don't like God/Christ if you do not forward.
Let's take look at a few of these forwards one by one.
First Billy Gates does not (nor does anyone else) have any way of tracking email forwards, end of story, therefore he is not sending you any money for doing a forward, he is also not sponsoring a cancer child based on email forwards nor is anyone else and I am not a heartless ass for not passing it on, so let's stop this nonsense now!! Also, unless the email contained a virus no program will popup on your desktop, no cute puppy, nothing.
Second, I am not going to be "bullied" into passing on your silly forward. As a matter of fact any email containing any threat or promise is dumped by me into the recycle bin as soon as it is identified. I would have to be one sad, desperate individual to think that an email forward could change my destiny the worst that could happen is I'm going to break a nail hitting the delete key and even that is unlikely as I am a male with fairly short nails.
Third and last, religion based forwards. This is wrong in so many ways. Religion is a fairly personal matter and I don't care if you are christian, hindu, muslim or any other religion someone using your religion to threaten you for any reason much less just to get their email forwarded should be offensive! Also talk about micromanagement!! God actually cares if you forward an email???
So now you know. If you have my email address do not send me a forward with promises or threats if you want me to even look at it. If this saves me from just one of these emails it was worth the time it took to write this.