A recent survey showed that New Yorkers are more addicted to e-mail than residents anywhere else in the United States, and one expert has offered a deep discount on her 12-step program.
AOL's fourth annual e-mail addiction survey showed that 62% of people check work e-mail on the weekends.
Fifty-five percent of New Yorkers who responded to the survey said they are addicted to e-mail. That's above the national average of 46%. Eighteen percent of New York City residents admitted they check a loved one's e-mail too.
"As technology continues to advance, we begin to rely upon it more and more," e-mail productivity expert Marsha Egan said in a statement. "The constant connectivity offered by e-mail and PDA products has people logging on so frequently that they don't have time to do anything else."
Egan, CEO of EganEmailSolutions.com and author of the e-book 12 Steps To Curing Your E-Mail E-ddiction, said she would give a 50% discount to New Yorkers -- and those from other cities with widespread e-mail addiction problems -- for her 12-step program this month. She claims the program can help people create healthy e-mail habits and save up to one hour a day.
"When it comes to sending and receiving e-mail, there haven't been any established rules or best practices," Egan said. "If people can learn productive habits and begin to manage e-mail technology -- instead of letting it manage them -- that's the first step to taking back their personal time."
Egan said most people are unaware of how "devastating and time-draining e-mail misuse can be."