More than half (51%) of email users said they check their email four or more times a day and one in five said they check their email more than 10 times a day, according to a press release. Twenty-three percent of survey respondents reported they check email as soon as they wake up, followed by right when they get home from work (11%), and right after dinner (9%).
Among email users, 16% said they check their email from a mobile device and 55% said they upgraded to a new cell phone in the last year so they could get their email while on-the-go.
What qualifies as addiction is the fact that nearly half (41%) of mobile email users said they keep their cell phones near them when they sleep so they can hear when a new email comes in, and 49% admitted they check their email every single time a new message arrives.
Of all email users, 60% said they have never gone more than five days without checking email and 17% cannot go more than one day without email. Eleven percent admitted they have hidden from a spouse or family member the fact that they are checking email.
The Work Influence
Could it be work driving Americans to email addiction? The survey found that nearly two-thirds (62%) of at-work email users said they check their work email over a typical weekend, and nearly one in five (19%) check email five or more times in a weekend.
What’s worse is that 28% indicated they feel obligated to check work email while on vacation, and 19% choose vacation spots with email access. More than 50% of respondents said they check email while on vacation, and the number is even higher among mobile users – 78%.
Aside from when email is checked, where email is checked could be a sign of addiction. Two-thirds (67%) of respondents said they check email in bed in their pajamas, 59% check email from the bathroom, and half check email while driving. Fifteen percent admitted to checking email while in church.
For some, email has become a more comfortable mode of conversation. Sixteen percent admitted they have relied on email as a way to share uncomfortable or bad news with someone. In addition, 12% have used email to ask someone on a date, and 7% have broken up with a boyfriend or girlfriend over email.
The ten most email addicted cities in the country, according to the press release, are:
- New York ,
- Houston ,
- Chicago ,
- Detroit ,
- San Francisco ,
- Sacramento ,
- Orlando ,
- Minneapolis-St. Paul,
- Denver , and
AOL Mail, in partnership with Beta Research, conducted an online survey of 4,000 email users ages 13 and older in the top 20 U.S. markets June 11-18, 2008.
The full survey findings can be found at http://www.CrazyForEmail.com .