How Important is Email in Your Life?

If it wasn’t for business emails I wouldn’t need email at all because I still rely on the phone to keep in touch with close friends and family. I have never run to the computer to see if a friend or family member has tried to get in touch with me. That is in part due to my age bracket (49-50) and in part because I tend to pick up the phone rather than send an email. But read on…

IncrediMail Survey Finds Users Would Rather Give Up Their Daily Coffee or Significant Other Than Lose Email for a Day

IncrediMail Ltd. (NASDAQ: MAIL), a software company specializing in Internet consumer products and services, today announced the results of an online survey, which queried users about email communication. More than 10,000 IncrediMail users completed the survey, which was posted on the company’s website, and responded to questions about the role of email in their daily lives and what they have communicated about via email.People around the world have come to rely on email as an essential means of communication, a fact that was reinforced by the survey’s respondents; a resounding 73.8% think that email is essential to their life.

When asked what they would rather give up for a day instead of losing email, the surveyed said that they would rather forego the following rather than their email:

  • chocolate (54.4%)
  • coffee (50.2%)
  • television (41.4%)
  • their cell phone (38.4%)
  • their spouse/significant other (14.9%)

Beyond sending plain messages, more and more people are emphasizing what they are trying to communicate via email by boosting their messages with images, emoticons and animations. Nearly 90% of the respondents have included images in their emails to enhance the message and more than 90% have used an emoticon, smiley face or an animated character in an email to achieve the same affect.

According to the survey, email is often used as a way to handle both lighthearted and delicate conversations.

  • Nearly 50% of respondents have used an email to prank or joke with a friend or colleague.
  • 19% of those surveyed have started or advanced a romantic relationship via email.
  • 7% have ended a relationship the same way.
  • 3.7% of respondents have ended a business relationship by firing someone through email.

Actually I don’t think I could read email without drinking a coffee.

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