According to a survey from Xobni and Harris Interative, 59% of Americans check their email on Thanksgiving and Christmas, the two most leisurely of US holidays. Of those who do check their messages, about half of them (55%) will typically only check their messages once during the day, while 28% will check multiple times throughout the day.
Here are a few more interesting facts from the survey:
- 41% are annoyed or frustrated to see messages in their inbox on the holiday
- 42% of the message-checkers feel it's important to stay up-to-date
- 19% say the messages are occasionally a welcome distraction
- Regionally, people in the South (63%) check their messages the most
- Men check their messages more than women
TechRepublic would like to know if its US readers will be checking their messages on the Thanksgiving holiday. We suspect the numbers will be higher than the overall 59% in this survey, but we'd like to confirm that.
Of course, we also realize that since this article is publishing on the day of the US Thanksgiving holiday and will be the lead in today's Sanity Check newsletter, the results will likely be skewed toward those who are actually online and checking in. Nevertheless, please take the poll and then jump into the discussion and tell us your holiday routine on keeping up with work. Do you check messages via smartphone or computer? If you go somewhere, do you check beforehand to see if they have Wi-Fi you can use?
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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).