Top 10 Most E-Mail Addicted Cities
Though a youngster today might look at you with absolute bewilderment at the mention of the word "e-mail," the medium is actually more popular than ever with Americans. AOL just completed a massive, broad-sweeping survey on the subject, which polled residents of the country's top 20 markets.
From the survey, an index rating was created based on the percentage of residents online who have more than one e-mail account, the average number of times e-mail is checked per day, the average number of times a day personal e-mail is checked at work, the percentage who check e-mail more than once a day while on vacation, the average number of hours spent per day writing or responding to e-mail, and the percentage who think they are addicted to e-mail. The higher the index rating, the more likely residents of the market are addicted to e-mail.
Here are America's top 10 e-mail addicted cities:
#1 Washington DC
This year, Washington was the most e-mail addicted city in the country. More than eight in ten Washington users (82%) have multiple e-mail accounts. Four in 10 DC residents say they keep a PDA by their pillow when sleeping to listen for late-night emails, while 58% of city residents fessed up to checking e-mail with a portable device while sitting on the toilet.
# 2 Atlanta
Atlanta ranks as the 2nd most e-mail addicted city in the survey, making a dramatic jump from 12th place last year, and overcoming larger cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
#3 New York
The number of New Yorkers who check their work e-mail over a typical weekend rose to more than 70% this year, while 24% of New Yorkers think they are addicted to e-mail -- the highest number of self-confessed addicts in any city included in the survey.
#4 San Francisco
San Francisco won the top spot in last year's e-mail addiction survey, but this year slipped to number four. Still, the number of San Francisco residents who use portable devices to check e-mail has more than doubled since last year, reaching 25%.
For the third year in a row, Houston has made the top 5. Residents are checking their PDAs in some pretty interesting places too. 53% admit to checking their email in the bathroom; 41% are emailing while they drive; and 19% are emailing in church.
Rounding out the top 10:
#6 Los Angeles
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