Back around 7 or 8 years ago, a trend of email forwards was such an annoyance amongst friends. I used to even get forwards from people I barely knew or emailed once in my life. Yet, you are in their list. It is scarce now to find 10 to 20 forwards a day in your email box. I knew some people who specifically go to their friends face to face and tell them to stop sending them forwards because they didn’t have time for nonsense. People didn’t even have the patience to read the hilarious or obscene posts.
I knew this one Spanish girl who had a dirty sense of humor, and whenever she sent out forwards, I made sure I wasn’t in any public place.
So why did the forward trend die down?
I got some theories.
1. Junk mail filters are so stupid sometimes that you don’t even know you got forwards from emails in your address book.
2. People have less friends and more business acquaintances that they only use email for that reason and no one wants to give off the wrong impression.
3. People now a days are so into social networking and tools such as Stumbleupon that they don’t even need to forward. Just click the thumbs up button and your friends can see what you liked. It is like forwarding something interesting without being direct about it.
4. Facebook epidemic has killed people’s brain cells that they just invite their friends to add stupid applications instead. It’s like forwarding crap in a different site other than your email box. Seriously, how fucking annoying! Hence, one of the million reasons I despise Facebook.
5. Since we live in such a fast paced society, who the hell has time to read a long forward! If it doesn’t contain pictures, then really, no point in reading till you get to the 500th line till the story makes sense then laugh hysterically for 2 seconds. I can save 5 minutes of my life by either reading the last line or deleting your email.
I only get forwards now a days once in a blue moon. I don’t know if I miss them, but I need entertainment other than advertisements such as Viagra and Super Fun Pills to make you super skinny in 10 days. (Junk mail filters are not so smart sometimes. They are man made.)
In conclusion. Forwards are not so cool anymore. If you still get forwards or send them, then you are old school. You are SO 2001!