Did you hear?...Yes, email is taking over our lives

It’s official: Email is consuming more time than ever before. According to poll results just out from NFI Research, 21 percent of business leaders are spending more than four hours each day on email.
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It’s official: Email is consuming more time than ever before.

According to poll results just out from NFI Research, 21 percent of business leaders are spending more than four hours each day on email compared to 7 percent -- or a third of today’s figure -- reporting in a similar 2005 survey that they worked on email four hours a day.

Almost half of executives and managers polled by NFI spend three or more hours doing email, while 37 percent reported they spent one or two hours daily. And 19 percent said they spend less than an hour.

How do they get through it all? The majority (63 percent) of executives and managers use both a computer and a mobile device for email. Three percent of business leaders use just a phone and 34 percent just use a computer.

And the bigger they come, the more you have to deal with: Sixty percent of those working in large companies spend three or more hours on their email compared to 38 percent of those working in small companies. And double those who work at large companies than small spend more than four hours on email.

Oh, and nobody reported they spend less than 15 minutes on email.

Some respondents said:

>> "Couldn't do without email. What used to be a laborious task of writing a letter is now accomplished in just a second. One drawback is that emails tend to be curt and direct."

>> "Email is crippling our services and effectiveness. Many in our management team believe that email is a direct threat to our future competitiveness and survival."

>> "Email is the great disruptor. We must learn to ignore it, and then attack it two or three times per day at set intervals. Otherwise, we lose focus on our most important priorities."

NFI Research (www.nfiresearch.com) is a U.S.-based research firm that identifies and analyzes trends and attitudes in business and organizational management and Information Technology.

--Therese Iknoian

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