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 Checking email 4000 times a day

  • November 20th, 2007
  • 6:12 pm

In a recent column at The Chronicle of Higher Education, the columnist writes

I’m a latecomer to it, in part because I have a very hit-or-miss interest in new technologies. (I still don’t own a cell phone, for example, though I check my e-mail 4,000 times a day.)

Now. There are 24 hours in a day. 1 440 minutes. 86 400 seconds. Thus, checking e-mail 4 000 times in a day would require you to check your inbox every 21.6 seconds. Day and night.

Either the author is innumerate or hyperactive.

4 People had this to say...


or hyperbolic

  • Michi
  • November 20th, 2007
  • 18:59

What? An english teacher resorting to hyperbole? NEVAH!

  • Pehr
  • November 20th, 2007
  • 19:35

I see no problem with the number. The time to download all the mail for a day is (most likely) less than 1 minute. Checking the mail takes around 1 second.

So he could easily complete his task in slightly over an hour (1.11 hours) and then go on to do more productive things.


Perhaps he has a program that checks his mail for him (reporting if there is something new), and he considers that checking his mail?

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