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Are you an e-mail slob like me?

Asked by gondwanalon (12426 points ) August 14th, 2010

Snoopy people a work have looked at my computer e-mail screen and seemed horrified that I have 3,448 unread e-mail messages and a total of 9,152 e-mails. They tell me that they always delete their messages after reading them and never leave messages un-read for long.

Frankly I just don’t give a damn. It doesn’t faze me in the least that my e-mails are massive in number, unorganized, and unread.

Are you careless and sloppy with your e-mails like I am or do you have e-mail OCD?

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18 Answers

Seaofclouds's avatar

I’m not like that, but my husband is with one of his e-mail accounts. He has several thousand unread messages and who knows how many total messages. He looks at it and will read the e-mails he’s interested in reading and just leave the rest sit there instead of deleting them.

I have folders for the e-mails I want to keep and delete any others as soon as I am done with them. I like having a pretty empty inbox.

iWitch's avatar

I read and delete everything in my regular box within every couple weeks. A friend of mine has over 16000 messages on a website we go on and I’ve actually hacked her account before to delete half of them. It bothers me.

Sad thing is… she didn’t even notice.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I’m a complete 180 from you. If it has been read and isn’t essential, it’s got to be deleted (unless I’m going to respond to it in a very short while, at which point it will deleted). My digital life is as clutter-free as my real life.

ApolloX64's avatar

My 8 year old hotmail account is sitting at 4900 messages and that is since my last “cleaning” back in ‘08 I think. I’m horrible at keeping messages sorted, but I never leave any unread. I do delete useless junk like Facebook status updates and the like upon receipt.

I r teh lazees.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

All of my email is read, replied to, and filed properly within 2 days (weekends and holidays excluded). I archive most of my mail, so I have no more than 25 emails in my inbox at any time, which I then archive once I’m done with them (ie once the bill has been paid, the package has arrived, I’ve used the tickets, had the meeting, etc).

augustlan's avatar

I get a lot of email that’s Fluther related, and of course I read all of those immediately. After reading and/or taking care of whatever I need to do regarding each email, they get archived right away. Anything that needs further (later) action, I leave in my inbox until it’s done. All other email is either deleted( unread), or saved for when I have time to read it all. Once read, it either gets deleted or saved to a folder immediately. All of that said, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my personal emails lately. I currently show 414 unread. Time to clean it up!

Symbeline's avatar

I totally am, I have massive amounts of mails in my five accounts, and most of them don’t get read or replied to, and that doesn’t even include the spam, which I also don’t bother with.
I’m lazy.

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

I read or at least glance at everything that isn’t spam. But I don’t file and rarely delete. Gmail’s search function makes filing unnecessary and I’m not coming close to the storage limit yet.

NuGoonie23's avatar

Yeahhh… I’m currently at 16,072 on my yahoo…

Frenchfry's avatar

I am just like you….. I have about 5,ooo unread email. I forget to check it. It is usually spam anyways. I should do should take care of that. Thanks I’ll put that on my to do list.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m a slob too. I have a few accounts and they are all loaded.. I do delete spam right away and any duplicate responses. Butm in general i keep what I get. ther are too many times I have gone back to find things.

I figure if Google and Yahoo did not expect us to be slobs they wold not have given us 8 GB or storage.

BarnacleBill's avatar

I move everything I need to keep into files, and then delete everything else (usually while watching television.) For certain people I correspond with, I do keep both sent and received messages because it’s like keeping a diary.

john65pennington's avatar

Other than being a slob(like you said), i have discovered that leaving emails unattended is like waving bait to a fish. viruses look for any open door. in order to invade your computer.

Tenpinmaster's avatar

I have over 22000 built up emails over 4 years on my work system. I am seeing how long it can build up before someone says something. :-) I am tenpinmaster and I am a e mail hoarder….

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I feel so un-popular now. I only get 2–5 emails a day. I only have 32 saved emails. :(

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Nope, I’m an email wart and try to delete my trash, spam and read emails as often as possible.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities I feel that way too, so I’ll email myself recipes and websites and various notes, and set up email alerts (like Google calendar stuff) so that I feel more special.

ohmyword's avatar

eff email

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