People have a compulsive need to respond quickly to email. Keypads in smart phones are small. These two factors are wreaking havoc on written communication.
The 140 character limitation in messaging and Twitter amplifies the problem. Absurdity thrives on the altar of brevity.
A well-composed letter used to be a sign of a good mind. You could make out good schooling and a tough English language teacher from a letter.
Alas, the times have changed.
One spelling error and one grammatical error per sentence is now par for the course, particularly for senior managers. It suggests that the writer is an extremely busy man.
If you are a junior executive then the rules are different. A badly written letter can get you branded as someone with poor documentation skills. That’s not good for someone who has ambitions of scurrying up the corporate ladder.
Our English teacher in school (Mr. PNO, God bless him) whacked us on the knuckles with a ruler, for every error in composition. A mail from the average senior manager would have earned at least five whacks. Most CEO’s would get more.
Can smart phones and tablets take a cue from Mr. PNO? A mild electric shock for every error, perhaps? That could go a long way in fixing the problem.