Adobe, a computer software provider company, released the result of a survey regarding email use in 2016. Astonishingly, it revealed that British people spent three months in a year for checking emails.
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According to Abobe, European people are addicted to emails. Germans are less likely to use emails, while French are more addicted, compared to Britons. But these difference seems not substantial.
Adobe Email Survey 2016: Infographic
To be honest, I think a part of these results is exaggerated. Actually, we spend a certain amount of time for checking emails, but it must not reach one-fourth of the whole life.
Also, this survey did not mention the use of SNS. Some people have replaced email to SNS. I wonder how this tendency will bring the change in our communication customs.
More or less, it is said we are likely to be indulged in seeing emails. It was a great difference in our lifestyle from that in the 20th century.
By the way, emoji is sometimes used in emails for official purposes. However, the majority of users still consider using emoji is inappropriate unless in casual settings.
The situation is similar also in Japan. Japanese people, especially in youth, are very fond of using emoji. But, as far as I know, it is rare to see emoji in a business email. There are some cases in which sending emoji in a serious situation caused trouble in the relationship between business partners. Japanese are good at making a new subculture, but are conservative in spreading it to the public, in my opinion.