Yesterday I got once again a Chain Letter. In case you don't know - I HATE CHAIN LETTERS!!!
This time, it was a pseudo virus alert. When I complained with the sender, urging her to stop sending me chain letters, she said: "But it's a VIRUS alert! I can't take the chance you'll miss it!"
What people don't understand, is that if 50% of the users would think like this sender, there would be no Internet. Nada, zip, nil, rien du tout, nothing, niets, kadachat...
Just do the math:
Let's assume 50% of the people believe in those nonsense and send such a virus alert to 20 other people.
Now assume it takes on average 5 minutes from the moment you get the email until you forward it (some a little more, some a little less).
In this worst case scenario, we flood the Net with 10^12 emails after 1 hour. Keeping the 5-minute window I assumed above, it's more than 3 BILLION emails per second. No need to calculate how many emails would be sent after 2 hours - there would be no Internet by then.Fortunately for the Internet, most users know better than to forward Chain Letters...