Eighty-three percent of e-mail users check their messages at least once a day on vacation, according to a recent survey from America Online. About four out of ten respondents said they consider the availability of e-mail access (such as through Wi-Fi hot spots) when planning their vacations.
Surprising? Not really. The proliferation of smart phones, such as BlackBerrys and Treos, has made it easy to check e-mail anywhere there's a cell phone signal. But the survey, AOL's third annual, offered some interesting results:
>Fifty-three percent of respondents said they checked e-mail in the bathroom. Which makes me wonder: How many also conduct cell phone conversations in public bathrooms? Recently, I overheard a guy being interviewed for a job while he "did his business" in an airport bathroom.
> Sixteen percent of women confessed they were addicted to e-mail, compared to 13 percent of men. Which tells me that, here too, women are more likely to fess up than men.
> Twelve percent said they check e-mail in church. Which makes it inevitable that somewhere, as a preacher warns against the sins of adultery, some married guy in the back pew is reading a spam with the subject heading, "Busty chick in pantyhose."