I just played the You’ve Got Mail dvd (yes, this is maybe the sixth time this fall) to have it running in the background as I have my coffee and get started on my work this morning.
Tom Hanks opens the email he receives from Shopgirl just as I get on Yahoo mail, and I notice the stark difference in reaction that people have to emails these days.
My reaction to having about 105 Unread Mail in my Inbox this morning is absolute disgust. Meg Ryan on the other hand, and I quote:

“I turn on my computer, I wait impatiently as it boots up. I go on line, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing, not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you.”

Maybe it is because she was waiting for this particular email, or the novelty of actually having electronic mail technology. But for myself, I just cannot fathom having the same reaction to going online and checking my mail. Maybe it is the sheer volume of email everyone gets these days. Or the phrasing in the new UI. In the movie, AOL greets you with a cheery “Welcome, you’ve got mail” and emails are listed under the simple heading “New Mail”. Whereas my Yahoo account has a category “Unread” that makes it seem like a big item on my To Do list for the day.