I’ll begin my first evening of posting after having internet and telephone service restored by noting a story by AOL that claims that Americans are addicted to their email. A recent survey reveals that users rely on email as much as the telephone for communication. That’s a little scary.
Some of the other highlights from this study:
* 41% of those surveyed claim they check their email first thing in the morning. I can think of a few necessary errands I do before checking my email when I first get up.
* 14% check their email right before they go to sleep. I’m not sure that’s a good idea: if you get bad news in an email, you’ll lose precious sleep, anyway. And if you’re so desperate for communication that you can’t sleep without checking it, you should consult your physician.
* 40% say they have checked their email in the middle of the night. Really? The only time I check my email in the middle of the night is when I’m still awake in the middle of the night. I certainly don’t wake up just to check email. I wonder what people were expecting to read.
* 6% have checked their email at a beach or at the pool. Hmm…sounds like a computer disaster just waiting to happen!
* 4% have checked their email while driving. This shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. And they wonder why our roads are so deadly these days!
* 1% have checked their email in church. That one percent, the survey did not add, found in their email a note from God which read, “Go to Hell, go directly to Hell, do not pass Go, do not think of collecting $200.”
* When meeting someone new, people are almost as likely to give out their email address as they would their telephone number. The survey did not ask whether they ever intentionally give out the wrong email address: there’s nothing like getting the brush off from the “Mailer-Daemon.”
I wonder what the next great can’t-live-without-it communication device will be. One of these days, we’ll all have transmitters implanted into our skulls, allowing us to just “transmit” our thoughts. Can’t you just hear the commercials for that?
“Can you think of me now? Good.”