Imagine you’re in a nondescript room, sitting in a circle with a bunch of strangers, waiting for a meeting to begin. Finally, it is time start and one of the strangers hesitantly confesses: “My name is Fred, and I’m addicted to…email.”
Does this strike you as humorous or do you see a bit of yourself in this fictitious scenario? Well, the truth may surprise you. In a recent AOL survey, 46% of the people in the United States admit to being addicted to email.
According to the survey:
62% of respondents check work email on weekends
19% choose vacation spots that has email access
59% check their email from the bathroom
55% have upgraded their mobile phone just to receive email
Okay, I admit that there are times when I have an irrational urge to check email and occasionally experience a bit of panic when I’m disconnected for too long. Yes, I am part of the 62% who check business email on the weekends.
But the other three items are definitely not me. Vacation is a time to separate myself from email, same with the bathroom (which is were I read my magazines — doesn’t everybody?), and my cell phone is for talking — when I want to talk — nothing else, no texting, no email, no web surfing, just normal talking.
So, yes, I use email frequently, I depend on it, and couldn’t run my business without it. But addicted to it? No, just a positive proclivity, with occasional urges to partake, but certainly not addicted.
Other people may be, but not me — I can control it!