Do I need to "sign" my email message? They already know who it's from, right?
Email's official birthday is October 1971. Can you believe, these many years after, that we are still struggling with how to sign our messages? Should we write, "Regards"? "Sincerely"? "Best"? "Thanks"? Our name? Initials? Nothing?
When Generation Nexters ask their grandmothers, "Granny, what are letters?" she will explain they were email messages that were handwritten or keyboarded on paper. When she tells her grandchildren that every one of them had to be signed with "Sincerely yours," "Cordially yours," "Respectfully yours," and the like, they will stare at her in disbelief.
Recently, it has dawned upon most email writers that even using those valedictions mimic archaic typewritten letters too much. Many shortened it to just one word: "Sincerely," "Best," "Thanks," and the like. Nowadays, even that seems superfluous in more casual communicating.
So what about just signing your name? Most people think that sounds callous.
Let's Consult the Shrink from Cyberspace
For the answer to the burning question, "How shall we sign our emails?" we earthlings must summon the Great IT Man in the Sky to our planet. ...