I'm not an email addict. I swear. What, just because I bought a Bluetooth keyboard for my Blackberry so I could type faster?
But a new AOL survey suggests otherwise in their third annual "Email Addiction" research study.
The more mobile the devices, the more addicted we become.
AOL interviewed 4,025 respondents 13 years and older in 20 cities around the country to measure email usage.
Portable devices have nearly doubled since 2004, and people are now checking email around the clock (about five times a day on average...to which I say, is that ALL??!)
59% of those with portable devices are using them to check email every time a new message arrives.
Well, duh. Of course we are. It might be important!
43% with portable devices say they keep the device nearby when they are sleeping to listen for incoming mail.
That one I'm not even close to being guilty of. Anyhow, I'm a pretty sound sleeper. They'd have to take some electrodes or something and buzz me instead of the device before I'd ever wake up.
And a full 15% describe themselves as "addicted to email."
Now, on to the Top 10 addicted cities:
3) New York
4) San Francisco
6) Los Angeles
For those of you reading this post on your Blackberries or Treos who are in those cities where there is NOT a substantial amount of public transportation, please put the device down and concentrate on the road ahead. You can read this post later.
As for me, I'll be sure to keep an eye on my Blackberry next week while I'm on vacation, but promise only to check it after every third buzz.
I wouldn't want anyone to think I'm addicted or anything.