Here's a cute (not much else) visualization of what your email closing may mean. Although compiled in 2007, this just made it to Twitter.
The graphic is an interesting way of categorizing email endings. "Self-conscious" implies an insecurity, perhaps as well as a lack of familiarity, so we may see some overlap here. Maybe "formal" and "informal" would be a better continuum. To me, this language has less judgement (but, then again, I'm self-conscious).
- What's your assessment of the visualization? Do you agree with the author's characterizations of email closings?
- Look at 25 of your most recent emails, and plot them on a similar chart. What do you find?