I’ve noticed something odd lately about my addiction to email. It seems that the frequency with which I check my inbox is inversely correlated to the amount of email I am receiving at any given time. Thus, the less email I receive the more inclined I am to check my inbox and vice versa. If so, then this suggests that email addiction (more generally) is a form of isolation anxiety – it is the lack of signal that heightens our concern about our social standing; and conversely it is the overabundance of signal that compels us to tune out.
Wouldn't it really be ironic now if I end up being better-known for this email theorem than for one of my poems. See, e.g., the Ode to Truth.