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What Is Proper Email Etiquette?

How many emails do you have in your inbox right now? For the sake of conversation, let’s say you have 50. How many of those should you have already replied to?

If it’s a high percentage, then maybe you’ve been trying to prioritize, or maybe you’re just not in a big hurry.

And the fact is, that should be OK. But to some people, not replying to an e-mail quickly — or not receiving a reply quickly — can cause some angst.

Melissa Dahl is the editor of the Science of Usfor New York Magazine.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.