On Mon, 9 Dec 2002, Stefanie Ploof wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Dec 2002, Steve Cavrak wrote:
> > Study Refutes E-Mail Myth at Work
> > Dec 9, 10:24 AM (ET)
> [...]
> >
> I'm not so sure I agree with the findings.
> I'm a 30-or-less-year old who has been using email for a very long time.

30 here... only been using email since my first prodigy account in 1993.

> I admit on occasion I have sent along a joke or talk more casually in
> email than professionally (well, okay, I do that every day to keep in

I use email for TONS more stuff than "professionally". I rarely send
jokes, but do send interesting URLs to people I know have some form of
direct interest in the topic.

> the same thing and they aren't less than 30.  In fact, many people I know
> who are older than 30 and use email are the much more frequent abusers of
> chain mail and joke forwards.  They send me virus warnings (99% of the
> time are hoaxes), chain letters warning that if they don't follow the
> instructions bad things will happen, as well as chain letters about sick
> children whose last wish is to send email around the world or some such
> other nonsense.

Uh, yeah... mmy mom... I love her dearly, has been publicly humiliated by
me (it was sort of a mistake) because she just wouldn't stop sending
hoaxes and chain letters to me and others. She might still be doing it,
but at least got the clue to not send them to me :)

> Also, if you don't have any email filtering set up I expect more of us get
> 10 spam messages a day mixed in with our relevant mail, so the claim that
> most of us are getting 10 messages a day or less seems far-fetched.
> My 2 cents.  I'm interested to know what others think.

I'm sure I fit somewhere on the fringe of email users. I have... umm...
no less than 12 email addresses, and that's not including the aliases
tohat just get forwarded to other accounts. I check 4 daily, another 4
weekly and the rest... once in a while. I am finally down to being on only
about 12 or so listservs, including the uvm ones... hmm... maybe more.
I administer one of those lists now (not a UVM one).
I'm also on a bunch of yahoo groups, but only get a couple in email, read
the rest onsite.
All that to say, on a busy day, I could easily have to sort through
1500-2000 emails, most of which are topics I have no intention to read and
just delet. As for spam, my zoo account probably gets 4 or 5 spam messages
for every single legit email (I should actually cuont it out for a couple
I don't get email viruii because the majority of my email accounts are
read via pine from the shell.
One of my hotmail accounts actually gets about 99:1 spam...
all the problems of having account as old as 1993... when I used to post
to usenet more frequently and so forth.

If I were to only get 10 messages a day, I'd think the server/s was/were
broken and wonder what important messages aren't getting through. :)

ps- since 4:05 this afternoon alone: (* notes non-spam)
*(3631) Re: 12/09 - Study Refutes e-Mail Myth at Work
*(2503) Re: fw: unique cabling issues in Austrailia
*(2245) Outlook 2001 w/OSX
*(2719) Re: Outlook 2001 w/OSX
*(3470) Re: Outlook 2001 w/OSX
*(3226) Re: Outlook 2001 w/OSX
(4214) I've got your check...
*(108K) Re: fw: unique cabling issues in Austrailia
*(3143) Re: Outlook 2001 w/OSX
(5777) -Gift for you and your family-
(5045) FREE Italian Coffee Grinder + FREE Coffee
(4091) Chris Printer Cartridges - Save up to 80% - F-R-E-E
(9963) Save BIG this Holiday on a Motorola Phone plus $50 c
(5084) Time for a new car?
(8369) The lowest inkjet cartridge prices on the Internet

Pretty good number for me... actually. and amazingly, no porn, and nothing
promising to enhance various personal capabilities or features... ahem.
Good thing someone posted the outlook thread :)
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