Email is a known time-waster but a new study from Adobe Systems suggests it’s worse than anyone thought. Turns out that the average worker spends around 30 hours a week checking email.

Please note that the 30 hours we’re talking about here do NOT include the hours spent reading and answering the emails. That 30 hours goes into simply checking to see if there’s a new email.

Assuming a 60 hour work week, the average worker is spending as much time checking for emails as they’re spending doing something that’s (hopefully) productive.

This statistic proves a point I’ve made repeatedly which is that long work hours don’t result in more work accomplished, just more time expending in accomplishing it.

Here’s an infographic from Adobe that summarizes the study's findings:

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