I usually try to keep my inbox as empty as possible, replying to everything that needs it right away, archiving everything else. But yesterday something very strange happened...
I didn't receive a single email! I checked late on Sunday night, and there was one that came in at 00:36 on Monday morning. The next email to arrive was at 05:53 this morning (Tuesday).
Now I can't be sure, but this might be the first 24 hour period where I've not received an email since I signed up for a non-college account (on Yahoo) back in 2007. For a while I used to get 300-400 spam emails a day. As spam filtering got better the slack was picked up by email lists. Then switching to Gmail meant even better spam filtering, but then notifications took made my inbox fill up. In the last few months I've made an effort to remove myself from any list and opt out of notifications... pretty much anything to cut down on emails that aren't so important.
But it felt weird not to have a single email for the whole day. I thought Gmail might be broken, or Mail.app wasn't connecting to a server somewhere along the line. I guess not getting email in the first place is the easiest way to deal with it, but I missed the feeling of connection with the world, the validation that I exist. Of course this validation is automated, but it still tickles the right part of my brain.