E-mail Addiction Survey Results: Other People Check E-mail on the Toilet!
I have to admit I love when AOL Mail releases its annual e-mail addiction survey results; it’s that misery loves company feeling. I rejoice at reading the press release and scream: I am not alone! According to the fourth annual E-mail Addiction Survey, 46 percent of e-mail users say they’re hooked on digital mail and one in five said they check their e-mail more than 10 times a day. Guilty, guilty, and guilty. But that is nothing. Where I am happy to see a rise from last year is in the mobile device area. Among e-mail users, 16 percent said they check their e-mail from a mobile device and 55 percent said they upgraded to a new cell phone in the last year so they could get their e-mail while on-the-go. Suffer from the BlackBerry red light blinking syndrome? Yep! Nearly half (41 percent) of mobile e-mail users said they keep their cell phones near them when they sleep so they can hear when a new email comes in. Even better, 49 percent of mobile e-mail users said they check their email every single time a new message arrives. And as the headline implies, I am not alone in my bathroom etiquette. Fifty nine percent (up from 53 percent last year) are checking e-mail in the bathroom! Frankly I check my e-mail on my BlackBerry in the bathroom at least once a day. I have written long e-mails and sent them right from the can. And now I know I am not alone. It’s like Mylanta, such a relief. But my question for you readers is do you check your e-mail from your laptop on the toilet? A dear friend of mine’s boyfriend trudges his laptop into the bathroom every time he takes a seat to check the latest sports scores and “log” into Gmail. Is this a common practice? BlackBerry is one thing but full on laptops? All I know is I have to remember never to use his Thinkpad T43. I guess it could be worse, he could have a piece of crap notebook (pun intended). The AOL survey only looks at amateur e-mail addiction if you ask us. We still prefer our top ten signs you are addicted to your BlackBerry article.