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March 20th, 2004

Email Checking Frequency

Email is pretty important to me, so I check it all the time – mostly to discover about great new Viagra-like pills and penis enlargers.

I check my email all the time. When I’ve got a computer hooked up to the net, I set my mail program to download new stuff every 2 minutes. I thought 1 minute might be a bit much – but 2 is nice, and 5 is too slow for me. How often do you check yours?

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FROM: Mario500 [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 12:43:06 am
I don't even have to check mine contantly thanks to a certain "voice" on AOL. Like the fellow said in one of the commercials, "I wonder who that guy is?"

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 10:03:35 am
I check my main account every 5 minutes, and my mailblocks account every 60 minutes. This is because my main account is 99% good email, and the mailblocks account is 99% spam that I never see because the challenge-response set up block it. I also log into mailblocks every day or do and skim the blocked folder in case something real is there.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 10:38:31 am
The more I think about it the more I realize that people who frequently check their e-mail are majorly ocd and usually suffer from penis-envy.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 12:58:26 pm
Matt -- Checking mail every 5 minutes doesn't necessarily mean going and clicking "check mail!" At work, my e-mail client's open all day and it's set to check every 3-4 minutes. If there's no mail, I never know... I just look for the little bat flying in my system tray and that means I have new mail.

So my answer to the Ping is: my mail client at work checks every 5 minutes or so on my main account (less frequently on my others) and I physically check my mail when something new comes in, if I have a few minutes.

At home, I manually check mail and it's whenever I happen to walk by the computer... usually every couple hours.

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 1:34:38 pm
I check my e-mail twice a day. Period. I have a lot to do besides read mail.
We all seem to be a part of the flux of the information network. I noticed that we are doomed to seeking information so much that we don't know how to simplyify our lives where we don't worry about what's on our e-mail or whether someone has called us on the cell phone and go beseark because our caller id didn't work. Have you dared to turn off the computer for a week, disconnect cable for the entire summer, shut off the cell phone for one school year, or set your radio to only one station (weather)? Try it sometime, it is amazing what you can do with that extra time. I did that with my entire family (of course they hated at first) but somehow we learned to adapt and enjoy each others company (sometimes thats hard with four teenagers).

When the school year came about, we turned everything back on to see what would happen. It didn't take very long to fall back into that breakneck speed of information seeking to survive mode. About the holidays, we decided to turn everything off except the internet and only allowed no more than an hour for each. My kids grades went up, chores got done, and kids talked to parents and vice a vera throughout the day. Wonderful! Even I am only allowed on the internet for one hour. It has done me good. So I tell my friends that I check my mail in the a.m. and late p.m. If it were really important, they would just call me on the home phone (which by the way, we got rid of the wireless) Was always losing the phone or someone carrying it in their pocket. Now we keep ground phones. So to summarize all this. Do you really have to check your mail all the time?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 2:31:15 pm
My patterns are possibly closest to Ryan's, overall; and like him I don't have to manually check mail at work (or at home, either.)

Do you really have to check your mail all the time?

I like where you're going with this and, in principle, agree. But when you run at least one site that could easily be disrupted by a trolling visitor, it's good to be in contact.

That said, when I'm on vacation I don't really think about my email.

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 3:06:16 pm
I know that if you are running a business or a web site, you do have to keep on top of it. That is the exception. You can't have any little trolls coming in destroying your hard work. And..... I love the Ping!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 4:09:41 pm
With me, e-mail's not so much of a distraction any more -- I've been checking e-mail for 15 years, essentially, so the novelty's worn-off and it's ingrained enough in my life that it's just a regular part of my day. I do enjoy going without it when I'm on vacation, but it's not e-mail so much that I'm vacationing from as the day-to-day communications (I like being away from the phone and regular mail just as much).

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 20, 2004 -- 8:47:38 pm
Ryan hit it on the head..Unless I am expecting something important (notification of a bill, work email), I don't get that concerned about it. The novelty of email is gone.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 4, 2004 -- 5:40:28 pm
For users of Trillian Pro, there is a plugin that notifies you when you receive mail and lists it all in your buddy list. Fantastic. I don't even check email anymore until I see Trillian telling me there's mail to get.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 5, 2004 -- 8:08:37 am
Nice. Thanks for the heads up, Dave.

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