Every time I open my computer I reflexively log into my respective accounts, I think a lot of people do this to. That means I log into my email about five or six times a day — depending on the day of course. Our emails are home to so much information about our lives, containing everything from correspondence with family, friends and employers, to course information.
I had never put much thought into how essential my email address is to me until I lost access to my primary Gmail account. The verification and password renewal process was infuriatingly slow and inefficient. I eventually got access back but being without email while moving and starting classes proved to be extremely inconvenient. There was so many things in my email that I had never thought about needing before that suddenly were off limits. I couldn’t find the email addresses of friends. I couldn’t search previous emails. I failed to receive a link to renew my library books. I missed an email with information about a scholarship. Then there are the more mundane inconveniences: I missed out on the various newsletters I subscribe to, a discount offer from an online store I like, and had a hideous number of unread messages.
The Internet is so much a part of our lives and our emails are at the forefront of this. My Twitter, Facebook, and other accounts are all tied to my Gmail in various ways. If I had lost my email account forever then it would have meant starting over in a lot of ways and losing a lot of what I have built up online. It is weird to think that this issue moves beyond being an inconvenience to something far more sinister.