A text/sms just takes a few moments; chatting on WhatsApp can be even faster. However, sending a snail mail – a handwritten letter – takes time; an email takes lesser time than that. But, in a world where we need instant messages, email is still slow. My spouse sometimes complains about the amount of work mail that he has to first tackle in the morning. There is an email account of mine that I rarely use because it is so full of crap – advertisements, messages from social media etc. My email inboxes are cluttered. The first mails that I read are personal ones and then the ones related to work. Rest of them mostly go unread.

In spite of the issues with email, emails and emailing lives on – the article today explores the reasons for email’s longevity. It also has interesting snapshots of its history.