Survey provides insight into our digital communication styles

If it seems like the only way to you communicate these days is by text, email or instant messaging (IM) you aren’t alone. A recent survey from Yahoo! reveals the average adult is highly invested in digital communications, especially email. Two-thirds of those surveyed report checking their email as soon as they get up. And you thought you were the only one!

That isn’t the only interesting behavior the Yahoo! survey uncovered. It seems role-players aren’t the only ones with multiple personalities. The average person has about three email accounts, two for personal use and one for professional or work use. If two personal email accounts seems strange, bear in mind that one in five survey participants admit they have read their significant other’s email without their knowledge. Oh, and just in case you were curious (or feeling guilty about role-playing at the office) more than two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents admit they check their personal email at work, which sort of makes sense because the majority of adults check their email frequently. Meal-times, however, remain a popular choice when it comes to checking inboxes for 48 percent of adults.

Digital communications are also changing our social behaviors, according to the Yahoo! survey. For instance, many adults, especially women, have negatively judged someone based on an email, grammatical errors or even an email address. Email is also replacing traditional paper based communications such as the thank you note and even the “Dear John” letter. Seventy percent of adults surveyed believe it’s OK to send thank you cards/notes for gifts via email. In addition, 13 percent think it is appropriate to end a relationship via email, IM or text, a behavior that is more common among men than women.

Digital communications have also sped things up. The survey revealed the 86 percent of adults think an email should be responded to within a week. An unscientific poll of Preternatural Post readers indicates that among those role-playing on Twitter a week is a very long time.

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Digital communications...changing social behaiors



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