66% of people read email seven days a week and expect to receive a response the same day.
61% continue to check email while on vacation.
56% have anxiety if they can’t access email.
“Crackberry” was the official winner of the 2006 Word-of-the-Year as selected by the editorial staff of Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Blackberry addiction has been labeled “similar to drugs” in a study performed by Rutgers University; millions of users are now able unable to go more than five minutes without checking e-mail.
According to online surveys of more than 4,000 people, conducted jointly by AOL and the Opinion Research Corporation and reported in 2005:
41% of Americans check e-mail first thing in the morning
- 18% check e-mail right after dinner
- 14% check e-mail right when they get home from work
- 14% check e-mail right before they go to bed
- 40% have checked their e-mail in the middle of the night
More than one in four (26%) say they can’t go more than two to three days without checking email, and they check it everywhere:
- In bed—23%
- In class—12%
- In business meetings—8%
- At the beach or pool—6%
- In the bathroom—4%
- While driving—4%
- In church—1%
I don’t know about you, but I find this disturbing. It is almost like we will do anything rather than be fully present where we are. Something to think about.