E-mail Addiction on the Rise

Perhaps this comes as no surprise, but almost half (46 percent) of e-mail users claim to be addicted to e-mail. Merriam-Webster OnLine defines "addicted" as "to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively." We definitely know some people like that--in fact, present company included.

In conjunction with Beta Research, AOL conducted an online poll for a week in early June of 4,000 e-mail users in "the top-20 U.S. markets." New York City came in as the "most email addicted" city in U.S., with 55 percent of New York City-based respondents admitting to e-mail addiction. We need to specify here that in the case of this survey, "addiction" is being self-determined by the respondents, and is not in any way being diagnosed by professional psychologists--although it would be interesting to see statistics on actual, professionally diagnosed e-mail addiction.


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Just over half of all U.S. respondents claim to check their e-mail at least four times per day; and 20 percent of respondents say they check e-mail more than 10 times per day. And for most users (69 percent), this means checking multiple e-mail accounts. About a quarter of users (27 percent) feel so overwhelmed by e-mail that they either deleted "all their email messages to start anew, or they're seriously thinking about doing so. Maybe it's because 20% of users said they have over 300 emails in their inboxes!"

As so many users have access to e-mail from wireless devices, the places where people choose to check their e-mail from seems to have no bounds--some seemingly inappropriate and some potentially dangerous:


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And it's not just where e-mail is checked, but also when. More than 50 percent claim that they check their work e-mail when on vacation--in fact 19 percent said they actually make sure to choose vacations spots that have e-mail access, and 28 percent of respondents said they felt "obligated to check work email while on vacation." Weekends are even worse, with 62 percent checking work e-mail on weekends at least once.

There needs to be a balance between using e-mail as a productivity tool and letting oneself become obsessed with it. Some companies such as U.S. Cellular and Intel, in fact, have toyed with the idea of "no e-mail Fridays" to try to show that it is possible to survive--even in the work environment--without e-mail. AOL claims that a year ago, only 15 percent of e-mail users claimed to be addicted to e-mail. A jump from 15 percent to 46 percent in only one year is monumental increase. Unless our behaviors change soon, it doesn't bode well for the future. Do you think you are addicted to e-mail? Let us know in the comments below.
Via:  AOL
Tags:  Mail, addiction, ISE, AI
Comments
nECrO1967 6 years ago
I'm not addicted. I can stop anytime I want. Really! I guess I am in the 4-6 times a day bracket. At least I am addicted to the important stuff. It's not like I can't wait to see who wants to help lower my mortgage, make parts of me bigger or help that poor Nigerian chap get $20 million of his poor departed Dad's fortune out of the country.

I can see the 12 step program now...

Step one: I accept that I am powerless over my inbox :)
recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

[quote user="nECrO1967"]I'm not addicted. I can stop anytime I want. Really! I guess I am in the 4-6 times a day bracket. At least I am addicted to the important stuff. It's not like I can't wait to see who wants to help lower my mortgage, make parts of me bigger or help that poor Nigerian chap get $20 million of his poor departed Dad's fortune out of the country.

I can see the 12 step program now...

Step one: I accept that I am powerless over my inbox :)[/quote] 

rofl

 

 

ice91785 6 years ago

Well here are my thoughts.........we as consumers.........OH GOD!! AN INCOMING EMAIL!!!! BRB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry I had to check my email quick....haha

Anyway, I check it 1-2 times a day and would not consider myself addicted. I would love to know WHAT emails these people are so interested in that they HAVE to constantly check their email??? The only ones that I might worry about while on vacation would like my electric bill (done 100% online by me) or something along those lines. As far as my job.....screw work! if they start on fire while I am gone so be it; I will deal with it when i am clock in haah

mazuki 6 years ago
i'd like to know what they mean by checking it?

if it's how many times new emails are downloaded, then mine is 24 times a day, as it's auto scanned on the hour every hour.

if they mean login to your actual webmail box, then it's rarely if ever
miscpenguin 6 years ago
I guess I don't receive enough emails to get addicted to them. :p
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