This Is Your Brain on E-Mail
Whatever the title, its hard to turn a corner without seeing someone flipping open a cell phone or PDA to casually browse through their e-mail inbox. Some might be checking for important work-related messages, others to stay on top of their social life. And the rise in wireless mobile devices makes that process as easy as ever.
After surveying 4,012 adults who live in major urban areas, they found that people spend an hour a day on e-mail and rely on e-mail as much as the phone for communication. Seventy-seven percent of the respondents carry more than one e-mail account.
A few of the findings probably wont sound much different from the average on-the-go persons daily routine. Forty-one percent of the respondent said they check their e-mail first thing in the morning and 40 percent said that they have checked their e-mail in the middle of the night. Also, more than one in four said they havent let more than two or three days pass before checking their e-mail.
Another recent e-mail usage survey by the ClearContext Corp. found similar results: A majority of respondents spend one to two hours per day on e-mail, and a majority of them check e-mail on a mobile device.
Behavioral Associates executive director Robert Reiner said its hard to determine what makes people addicted to the Internet and e-mail. First, he said, it can be attractive because it allows people to morph into whoever they want to be. And if someone finds themselves checking e-mail constantly, he said it could be a sign of a larger problem.
"A lot of times, it expressing something biggerlike theyre addicted to work," Reiner said.
Other survey results found that the majority (61 percent) of respondents check personal e-mail on the job. One-fifth of the total surveyed said they feel guilty about checking personal e-mail at work, and women were twice as likely to express guilt about sending nonwork e-mails from the office.
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