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5 symptoms of e-mail addiction! Which ones are yours?

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 05:55 AM

Internet Addiction SmallA while ago, I wrote about the 9 reasons why e-mail is seductive, addictive, rewarding, and anxiety-provoking all at the same time. If you didn't get a chance to identify your top 3, it is never late to do so!

If you are still not sure whether you have an e-mail addition, here are a few symptoms to look for:

  1. You catch yourself pressing the refresh button repeatedly, and for no reason! Hoping to get yet another new e-mail that satisfies your addiction.
  2. You get out of the door and immediately get out your iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, or whatever mobile device you have, and check e-mail right away. Even though you just checked e-mail before you left your desk.
  3. You're driving and you stop at the intersection or light (or even worse, while driving 70 miles per hour on the highway), you reach to your mobile device and check e-mail (even though you just checked it a few seconds ago).
  4. Your spouse, child, friend, or even boss is talking to you, and you lift your head (which was buried in your mobile device)  and look at them with this absent-minded look, as if you or they were from a different planet, and then ask them "what did you just say?" And this happens again shortly after.
  5. You send an e-mail to your colleague or manager or staff member, and then call and ask if they got it! You absolutely want to make sure your e-mail got there and didn’t' get hijacked along the way!

What are your e-mail addiction stories?

Topics: email management