I have an extremely sensitive friend who keeps sending me jokes and other chain letter email that I don’t want to receive. In fact, I want to cut back on my computer time but she is making it impossible! What should I do besides keep hitting “delete”?
Frustrated in Cyberspace
Have you simply asked her to stop? If not, it’s important that you communicate your needs clearly and directly. This can still be done with tact and grace. Why don’t you email or call her and say, “One of my goals this year is to cut back on the amount of time I spend checking emails and I’d appreciate your help. I always love hearing from you and catching up on your news but I’d prefer not to receive any jokes or chain letters forwarded from others in the future. Thanks for your support.” Try it. I’m sure she’ll be happy to help.