Is it just us, or are emails getting more annoying than ever?
Whether you dedicate certain time periods throughout the day to sending and replying to emails or tackle them as soon as you see them (good for you), young professionals spend a lot of time in their inbox. Once you get into the zone, it’s easy to spend a couple of hours answering emails without even realizing it. In fact, the average worker spends 13 hours a week on emails alone, which means 28 per cent of the workweek is dedicated to email, according to Attentiv.com.
But is it worth it?
Sure, emails definitely have their merits; they’re straight to the point and usually don’t invite an immediate reply, allowing the receiver to think through their response. Sometimes, though, a good old-fashioned phone call is a lot more efficient and a lot less tedious then getting lost in a draining string of emails. Texting and instant messaging have become totally acceptable in some industries and professional settings.
According to Attentiv.com, the total emails sent and received from business accounts is on the rise. Of course, email isn’t just for business purposes. The average young professional likely has two or three email accounts (not that we have to tell you that). In general, however, consumer accounts have declined. This isn’t surprising, given the rise of other forms of written communication, from texting to Facebook messaging.
When it comes to spam, despite an increase in the number of daily emails sent in recent years, the number of spam emails received per day has remained about the same (a somewhat shocking 13 messages a day), according to Attentiv.com. This is attributed to the fact that, while there may be more spammers than ever, spam filtering is improving faster than spammers can counteract.
Whether we love them or hate them, it doesn’t look like our email accounts are going to disappear in the near future; since 2010 over 1 billion new email addresses have been created.
And you’ve probably received at least one new email in the time spent reading this.
All images courtesy of Attentiv.