As a parent and an older student, I am amazed at how things have changed over the short time since I was a full time student. Even at the elementary school age and middle school age, informality seems to rule. At PTA meetings, the parents call the principal “Dan” rather than “Mr. Soandso”.
I did not grow up with e-mail, therefore I tend to write everything as if it was a business or personal letter and this drives my 13 year old son nuts! He calls me a nerd or another term depicting that I am just not with the times. So I thought this is the trend that is acceptable, but after reading this article I see that not all would agree.
Which leads me to this question – are we too informal? Do all professors feel this way? Are we bombarding our instructors or TAs too much? Are we expecting too much? I know this has nothing to do with pornography, but we are taking an online class with approximately 400 students. Can you imagine if they have to respond to at least one email a week from us? I can’t even find the time to respond to all the posts I find interesting. I think internet = informal. Think of instant messaging and e-mailing friends, no one types long hand anymore. Everything is abbreviated and in a new way as well, such as “POS” which I see often!
I am curious to see what others think.