In the article link above “How to E-mail Your Professor” by Wini Wood, discusses the formalities students should use when writing e-mails to their professors. From the results in the Wellesley College Project on Social Computing, the article lists important to-dos and what to avoid when writing an e-mail. Many college students do not know how and where to begin when e-mailing to their professors. Writing in a formal manner cannot go wrong. When addressing a professor by e-mail it should be approached like a business letter. So it is important to address their name as well as the content respectfully and appropriately. Which means avoid using smileys, informal greetings such as hi/hey. Always proofread and address the topic in the subject bar. This author stands to point out that it is important to be serious with e-mails compared to the everyday instant or text message where basic formality and grammar is usually not used.
Reading the article above and having discussed it in class with peers, I realized that while I see starting in a formal “Dear, Prof. Such and such” e-mailing dialogue as common, others do not go as formal. Or do not know if it would be appropriate to do under certain circumstances. Circumstances like what if the Boss you are e-mailing is not e-mail literate? Is it proper to show your own level of literacy or write as they write? I found the article to be very helpful to students whom have had no experience in the ways of e-mailing.
Now is the time when older generations are finding it hard to understand what of the newer generations are doing on the computer. Newer merchandise is always coming out allowing multiple functions on a single device. I found it interesting to have my mother about check-ins on Facebook, “Is Facebook following where people go and posts it?” I reassured her that checkins are done by choice from the person’s phone app. They just turn on their GPS/Wifi to look up the location and post it “people want you to know where they are, to show you what they like and enjoy” which was not so much the case in older generations after discussing with my peers. The world was more private which gave me more understanding to her concern.