We Spend 81 Days a Year Just Emailing; Make It Stop, Please

By Sam Gibbs on at

Do you feel like you're being buried alive by email? You're not the only one. Apparently the average worker now spends at least 2.5 hours a day, or a tedious 81 working days a year, just emailing. What a colossal waste of time. How on Earth do you get through it each and every day?

According to new research, assuming you're working a 46 hour week, and spending 13 hours in that week corresponding over the loathed medium, that's just under 30 per cent of your working day, just sitting there. Emailing. No wonder we're dying off at our desks. Of course, that might actually be your primary task, but for the rest of us, it's just something we have to get done as quickly as possible so we can get on with real work, like reading Giz.

But what's the alternative? Social media; perhaps we should all be tweeting each other: "James, you're fired. #cutbacks". Or maybe everything should just be done over IM, heaven forbid we have to actually talk to eat other. [Daily Mail]

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