Why don't people use Hotmail

Hotmail addresses: is that nostalgia or just embarrassing?

The first email address. In the early days of the Internet, investing was associated with a very special feeling: a mixture of awe for the new technology, curiosity about the resulting new possibilities and anger because the desired username was already taken. For the millennials who grew up with the Internet, there is a little more purpose behind it. Practically nothing works without an email address. One thing has stayed the same: the email address is a kind of business card. And if it looks shabby, it rubs off on the person behind it.

First impression when applying

Still using your very first email address may be nostalgic - and for some it may be an expression of persistence. But what used to be considered cool and edgy can now just be more embarrassing. Who else has a Hotmail address? Aslant! Even worse if the @ is not preceded by your own name, but by an embarrassing nickname.

"Anyone who sends an email as [email protected] or as [email protected] arouses all sorts of associations, just not serious ones. Would one be able to answer the phone with such a name without being considered crazy "No," says Martin Wehrle about the STANDARD. According to his own account, the book author operates the largest German-language career channel on YouTube with coaching and career tips. In his opinion, an email address should consist of a first and last name in order to appear serious "And subliminally it is advantageous to use a Gmail or iCloud address rather than an e-mail provider from the day before yesterday," explains the expert. Nobody is rejected based on the e-mail address alone, but it is a piece of the puzzle that contributes to the overall impression.

Thomas Olbrich, Chief Culture Officer at karriere.at, sees it a little stricter. In the first phase of the application process, it is quickly screened out. The e-mail address is therefore a kind of business card and an important first orientation aid for the counterpart. Does the applicant seem serious? What about his professionalism? How could he tick? He also advises you to stick to the latest e-mail providers. "In many industries, especially in the IT sector, this is perceived as clear evidence of the modernity and foresight of applicants. A corresponding address also helps companies to get an initial picture of candidates."

Conclusions about personality

The choice of the email address even allows conclusions to be drawn about the personality of a user to a certain extent. This was suggested by a study from 2008. At that time, the owners of an e-mail address with the German ending .de were judged by test subjects to be more conscientious than those users who had a .com address. Users with funny, creative, and imaginative names were considered more open. Show-off or suggestive email addresses made the person behind them appear narcissistic. According to the study carried out by the University of Leipzig, these attributions actually agreed to some extent with the personality traits of the owners of the email addresses.

These attributions were valid over ten years ago and are of course no longer relevant today. Mitja Back, the author of the study at the time, advised against transferring the results to today when asked about STANDARD. The study results at the time show, however, that an email address is not just a means to an end. It also transports an image of the user. That is still true today. The next time you create a free address with a "funny" username, you should think twice about what you are going to use this address for. And maybe it's better to just use the Hotmail address to send more emails to parents. (Birgit Riegler, 6/8/2019)