According to a new study from AOL, 59% of people check their email in the bathroom. The study of 4,000 users also showed people check their email from the following locations:
• In bed in their pajamas: 67%
• From the bathroom: 59%
• While driving: 50%
• In a bar or club: 39%
• In a business meeting: 38%
• During happy hour: 34%
• While on a date: 25%
• From church: 15% (up from 12% last year)
This may be a less of a statement about email addiction and more about how email is out of hand. Maybe it's time to turn off the damn email software and take a walk or get better at social productivity?
Earlier in the summer, Linda Stone wrote a piece called "RIP: Returned Every Email." She wrote about a conversation she had with "Bruno, GenY and twenty-something," who named three communication tools: email, I.M., and the telephone and detailed his response habits. Linda suggested adding your communication preferences to your email signature as a way to cut down on unnecessary email.
In the comments, I riffed on it a bit:
1.) Give a hoot, don't data pollute. Think before your click reply all.
2.) If you replying to edit my copy, let's take this to a wiki, please
3.) I put you on the cc:line as FYI no need to reply
4.) One word rapid replies are best done in IM. Are you my skype, google talk, or aim buddy list?
5.) If we've traded more than 3 emails, let's resolve this the old fashioned way - pick up the phone.
6.) No need to say thanks
7.) Short and sweet gets answered before long winded ...
Linda has since abandoned the signature spelling out communication response habits as she received some odd reactions. People were offended.
But how can you avoid spending your entire day hitting reply? Living at the post office?