scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: SPL who won't camp
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Wed Feb 23 1972 - 08:27:44 CST
On Tue, 22 Feb 2000, Mark Arend wrote:
> At 07:20 AM 2/22/00 -0800, Laurence Ashbacher wrote:
> >versus face to face communication. Many Scouts and adults now use email,
> But in my conversations with friends I find that some people only check
> their accounts once or twice a week. Phone messages (voicemail) people
> tend to listen to right away. Ditto for snailmail.
Tough to generalize. (g)
I suspect how often e-mail gets checked depends on the ease of access and
the familiarity of the checker with the system. When we're communicating
with Scout-aged persons, e-mail is clearly more apt to be seen.
Snail mail is worse. Many parents filter the mail and open anything
addressed to their minor children; some Scout-aged people _lose_
their own mail. A flyer addressed to Freddy-First-Class might never be
SEEN by ol' Freddie.
And a phone call that nets you a non-Scout sibling, or the maid-service
gets you two steps backward: you think you've left the message, but it
never gets delivered, so you've failed to communicate effectively. (g)
It gets even more fun when the Stevie Star's mother speaks no English, or
his granddad is VERY hard of hearing, and if there's only one phone line
and Stevie's on-line while you're trying to phone ...?
Oh, for the days when a busy signal meant "They're home, try again in 5
mins"! (as at least four people have said to ME this past weekend!)