Me too. Inbox Notifier keeps alerting me when a new message comes. It even gives a sneak preview of the message. So if it is some unneeded low priority junk, I don't care to open it. http://www.inbox.com/[^] takes greatest care of my time and energy to conserve them and use them for highest levels of productivity.
Everyday I think that I'm a strange creature that I do an infinite number of Tabs to go through my mails during the working day.
Even though my gmail , msn, yahoo messengers notifies me with pops for new mails.
But it still the bad habit that I wish someday I can give up.
Oh I forget so say not only mails but also my groups ,my blogs, and my social network accounts.
Survey results says that many developers suffer from what I suffer.
Sounds to me like you need to fulfill your life ; try reading, sports or meditation. Entertainment is good to take an escapade from life but not to avoid it ! If it's the case, you should reconsider your priorities.
It depends on the day, because I check my e-mail as it comes in. I get information about changing requirements, results, to verify against my results and requests from different levels of clients that could change the my priority on a dime.
It would really have made the survey more useful if it distinguished between personal and business email (for those with such a distintion).
I might check personal email once or twice a day - based upon if anything important is expected. On the other hand, the in-house generated email is sent with the more-or-less expectation that it be read as soon as possible.
Unless the motivation is to instigate threads such as the one this post could cause, the Message-Meister has got to get it together somehow.*
I'll concede to your premise, but will throw in why I acted as a bit of a stickler:
My office email is extremlely 'clean' - virutually nothing but internal business a a few select other-items (such as Linux Mag, W3C, and the like). Not so for most others - either by accident or design, they get all sorts of email: purchases, spam, etc. So, they're checking going to their boxes all day long. When I do get my incoming notification (and a resounding Homer Simpson 'woo-hoo') it's is for real business. My personal stuff is accessed via webMail based upon need (or occasionally, a exceptional lull in brain activity). Typically, these end up as delete-the-junk sessions.
So, my reply wasn't speaking for myself (hence why I must concede), but for what I observe.
Attention Poll-Meister: concession is real - I must be a bit dim this AM: my son brougth 4 bottles of wine for father's day and I happened to have the appropriate access device. And, I like the feeling of community that these polls nourish.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
My office email is extremlely 'clean' - virutually nothing but internal business a a few select other-items (such as Linux Mag, W3C, and the like). Not so for most others
My primary function is email administration. In our organization we touted the phrase "incidental usage." Some people took it to heart. I have beaucoup trouble managing the space consumption because a large number of people use it for personal mail and have some emotional attachment to the 0's and 1's representing a personal contact. I have personal mail also but I do convince myself to part with most of it periodically. It's not a filing cabinet.
On the overall topic, my mail is open at the office 99% of the time. Rules see to it that personal messages and messages from mailing lists are placed in appropriate folders. If I see something pop up in my mailbox proper, I check it immediately. Personal mail is checked during slack time. Responding to one depends on available free time and how long it will take.