According to a new report by Mcafee called “Americans and Spam Survey” reports that Americans spend at least 40% of their time online deleting spam from their email inboxes.
- According to the Americans surveyed, email spam is the No. 1 technology time waster (49%) by wide margins over other tech annoyances including automated voice response systems (24%) and slow Internet connections (19%).
- 49% of Americans spend more than 40 minutes per week deleting spam, with 14% reporting they spend as much as three and a half hours a week — or 7.5 days per year — on this task.
- Respondents deleted spam dozens of times more per week (30.6 times) than they did other important activities including calling parents (3.39 times), exercising (3.32 times), reading to kids (2.81 times) and even having sex (2.18 times).
- Excluding pornography, the survey found that the most common spam messages to reach consumers’ in-boxes were about refinancing (30%), credit counseling (27%) and sexual enhancement products (27%).
- Spam abuse has become so uncontrolled that consumers polled believe it will take either a Supreme Court ruling (46%) or a spammer getting sent to jail (45%) to put an end to the reign of spam.
Do these numbers measure up with your experience? I’ve found that my email filters are doing a pretty good job bouncing spam out of my inbox, and WordPress handles comment spam really well, but what about you? How much time do you spend messing with spam?
And what do you think it will take to put an end to email spam?