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Friday, May 27, 2005

A Nation of E-Mail Junkies

How many times a day do you check e-mail? Once, twice, several? Do you check it late at night? On weekends? On vacation?

If so, you have plenty of company. A new survey conducted by America Online and Opinion Research Corporation has found that many of us check our e-mail several times a day, after hours and even while on vacation.

The survey revealed that many of us check e-mail:

  • Several times a day (47%)
  • While on vacation (60%)
  • In the middle of the night (40%)
  • First thing in the morning (40%)
  • Right before bedtime (14%)

The survey also found that 26% of those surveyed haven't gone for longer than two to three days without reading their e-mail.

At first blush, this survey seems to reinforce the perception that America is a nation of workaholics. It makes sense, after all, as more of us enter the 24/7 workplace, and more of us work remotely. However, the survey also found that e-mail is used for personal use as much if not more so than for business. Thus, it illustrates how e-mail has become a fundamental part of our lifestyles, as much so as the phone and Web.

Source: Earthweb