Emailing Ain’t Going Anywhere

Another interesting and frankly expected new research from Xobni and Harris Interactive confirms that emailing is here to stay. Throw away all the hypes about social media to replace email.

2,200 adults 18 and older in the U.S. and U.K were surveyed on their e-mail habits and attitudes. Most respondents — 72% in the U.S, 68% in the U.K. — indicated that they check e-mail during their time off. A large percentage of Americans also check e-mail in bed (19%), and while on vacation or during days off (50%).

When queried about their outside-the-workplace e-mail activities, nearly half (46%) of the American respondents indicated that they do so to ease their workload. Thirty-seven percent are afraid they’ll miss something important (guilty as charged), and 27% check work e-mail when off the job because it is expected of them. Another 26% keep up with e-mail while on vacation because they simply can’t handle the volume otherwise.

When comparing e-mail behaviors by gender, there are some subtle differences in habits. Men, for instance, are more likely to check e-mail in bed — 21% of men claim do so, while 16% of women admit to the practice. Of course, this bed-checking trend also skews toward 18- to 34-year-olds, who are twice as likely (31%) than 35- to 54-year-olds (15%) to do so.

Come to think of it, email predates social media by nearly a decade and a half. Most social media sites like all others that I can think of require an email address for registration/user validation and have since the creation of email. Given the length of time and the range of things that people have been pointing to their email to contact them for, this is hardly startling.

I know people who don’t even use social media but they check email religiously and I’d hazard work more than social media has helped many along in the dutiful checking in of the in-box. Better yet, some of us were routinely checking email even with dial-up.

Yes we might open Facebook first thing in the morning to see what our friends were up to the night before but then we pay attention to our clients, boss, and colleagues by diverting the rest of our attention to emails for the rest of the working day.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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