Emails are going nowhere says Adobe

mailmanDespite being one of the more elderly forms of messaging, and being swamped with spam, emails are here to stay, according to a new survey.

The Adobe poll showed that email is the top communications tool at work and will grow in importance over the next five years.

In the online survey, comprising 400 US white collar, adult workers, nearly half of the respondents said they think their use of emails for work will increase in coming years. Nineteen percent said it will go up substantially.

More than 90 percent of the workers admitted they checked personal emails at work and 87 percent looked at business emails outside of working hours.

Adobe’s Kristin Naragon said that email is and will remain a cornerstone of the workplace culture and lots of companies are trying to break into the market with productivity tools.

Those polled estimated they spend 6.3 hours a day checking emails, with 3.2 hours devoted to work emails and 3.1 hours to personal messages.

Naragon people monitor emails around the clock, in socially unacceptable settings and during potentially dangerous times.

Nearly 80 percent said they look at emails before going into the office and 30 percent said they checked their inbox while still in bed in the morning. Half of the respondents also monitored emails during their vacations.

The numbers were even higher for 18-34 year olds, with 45 percent opening emails upon waking up. More than a quarter of millennials also admitted checking emails while driving.

But she added that people are aware of their addiction and have tried to regain a better life balance. Forty percent said they had tried a self-imposed email detox, of which 87 percent lasted an average of five days. More than 40 percent of workers also said they would prefer to get fewer emails.