A Microsoft syrvey, revealed that the average American has three different email accounts and an average of 200 unread messages per person. Given the number of electronic messages flying around each day, it should come as little surprise the survey also found that people feel overwhelmed by the amount of email they receive.
60% of people surveyed said the amount of junk and low-priority email (such as newsletters and shopping promotions) they receive is problematic, while 70% respondents said they feel they're missing important messages amid all the clutter. Still, many people also said they're convinced they'll one day get through all of the messages in their inboxes.
This "save until later" approach to email, combined with the merciless, never-ending electronic hailstorm many face each day, leads to an inevitable email backlog. And, unless addressed, the situation only grows worse over time.
Microsoft's reports that 56% respondents admitted to keeping emails for three weeks or longer, and 31% admitted to keeping email one year or more.
Earlier this year, Web monitoring site Pingdom reported that 107 trillion email messages were sent in 2010. To help wrap your head around that figure, let's break it down. This equates to:
- 294 billion email messages sent and received each day
- 12 billion every hour
- 203 million every minute
- 3.4 million every second
In the time it took you to read those statistics, another 17 million email messages were sent. There goes another 3.4 million.