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I confess I have checked email on my iPhone-Nokia E61i-Blackberry while in the bathroom, crossing the street and during dinner at a busy restaurant. I used to think that with my email addiction, I was an extreme case, an email addict of the worse kind. Apparently, […]

I confess I have checked email on my iPhone-Nokia E61i-Blackberry while in the bathroom, crossing the street and during dinner at a busy restaurant. I used to think that with my email addiction, I was an extreme case, an email addict of the worse kind. Apparently, I am not alone.

wirelessemail.jpgA survey conducted by AOL shows that checking email on the portable devices has doubled since 2004. Americans who carry a mobile email device have some really strange addictions:

* 59% are checking email in bed
* 53% in the bathroom
* 37% are checking email while they drive.

The survey reveals that 43% of email users check their email first thing in the morning, and 40% have checked their email in the middle of the night. An average email user checks mail about five times a day. Nearly 83% of Americans check email while on vacation.

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If mobile email is an addiction, one has to say the biggest dealer in town is RIM, whose Blackberry is the device of choice for many of us, though lately other devices and solutions such as Good Technology (a division of Motorola) have started to gain some traction.

According to The Radicati Group, a consulting and research firm based in Palo Alto, Calif., globally the wireless E-mail Market, which is forecast to grow from $6 billion in 2007 to nearly $25 billion in 2011. (PDF)

  1. What about phantom vibration syndrome? (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-06-12-cellphones_N.htm?csp=34)

    There’s been countless times where I’ve reached down to my belt, feeling vibrations, only to realize my Blackberry isn’t even in its holder.

    Scary, isn’t it?

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  2. I wonder if I’m the only one who DREADS checking their e-mail? Checking it on a mobile device? No way, I’d rather not check it at all.

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  3. eeeehehehe…
    you nutcases..
    I am sure you even refer to going to the bathroom as downloading.

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  4. I’m not American but even I know that in your map you’ve got Atlanta in Alabama, Washington in Delaware, and Seattle in Spokane. Check Google Maps on your wireless handheld. ;)

    Back to the point of your article though, I sometimes get panic attacks if I forget to bring my blackberry with while away from a computer.

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  5. mikeelliott1 Friday, July 27, 2007

    I love my Blackberry and constantly staying in touch with the world, but checking e-mail in bed is a bit much. You’ve got to turn yourself off at some point during the day.

    http://mikeelliottsblog.wordpress.com

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  6. Imagine if E-mail is available to any mobile, not just the blackberries. It’s a whole new market waiting to be explored.
    Cheers,

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  7. I thought I was alone in checking email from the bathroom sink at conferences. And in restaurants. That’s one reason I liked the Blackberry better than my iPhone; it was less obvious when I did it. That big lit screen is a dead giveaway, especially in a movie.

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  8. Elizabeth Safran Friday, July 27, 2007

    Ugh, I was like that and just the thought of it makes me cringe. In fact, I was proud of it — http://search.ft.com/ftArticle?queryText=Elizabeth+Safran&y=8&aje=true&x=13&id=060711006784. Take that compulsive behavior and apply it to a different activity and 7 out of 10 times its linked to socially deviant (or just incredibly selfish) behavior. But that’s just me — go ahead and check your email on the beach if you want — I’m hitting the waves!

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  9. [...] Om Malik looks at mobile email addiction in the US – RIM’s Blackberry tops the list of addiction-fueling devices, and 59% admit to checking their email in bed, 53% while in the bathroom. But more alarmingly, 37% check their email while driving. [...]

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  10. I also thought that I was a weirdo checking email in the bathroom. Good to know that I’m not alone…

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