The New York Times ran a story this morning on exploding email usage. More email usage data:
"Dealing with e-mail – filing it, cataloging it, prioritizing it – has
added hours of extra work a week, much of it done by people in the late
evening and early morning. In a recent survey by America Online and
Opinion Research Corporation, 41 percent of the respondents said they
checked their e-mail in the morning before going to work. More than 25
percent said they had never gone more than a few days without checking
e-mail, with 60 percent saying they check it on vacation. Four percent
looked at e-mail in the bathroom."
The article goes on to talk about the inherent stress of email because
of its immediacy and the feelings of guilt involved in having an
overfull inbox. For more, read Got Two Extra Hours for Email?