- Time is an illusion.
- My secretary prints it, brings it with the morning coffee, and I dictate an answer by 5pm.
- If your email doesn't end on dot edu you can still be lucky and get an out of office reply.
- If I don't answer within one day, your email drops out of the front page and you can forget about it.
- I take my BlackBerry with me to the bathroom and can answer one-handed while holding the paper in the other hand.
According to a survey by the Center for the Digital Future in Los Angeles, more and more Internet users believe that e-mails should be answered in a short time span. In 2006, 23.8% said emails should be answered as soon as possible (up from 21.3%) and 34.6% said within one day is fine (up from 32%). Two out of a thousand find it not necessary to reply at all. Interestingly, it's totally okay to answer an email within a week, but completely unacceptable to answer within 4-5 days.