Over 40s 'value email more than teenagers'Half of us depend on our inbox

18 June 2007

Half of Britons can't exist without email - and 30 and 40-somethings are more reliant on it than teenagers, a survey said today.

Of 25 to 34-year-olds, 50 per cent said they could not carry on without access to email, the ICM poll found.

This age group was identified as pioneers in using electronic communication to keep in touch with the office as well as friends.

Office and friends

But contrary to expectations, the latest technologies have not been monopolised by the younger generation.

Forty one per cent of teenagers admitted to relying on their email, whereas 44 per cent of 35 to 44-year-olds say that their email is vital.

More women than men would find it hard without email contact - 41 per cent compared with 38 per cent respectively.

The study, carried out for software company Nasstar, also revealed regional variations.

Regional variations

Respondents in the South East placed most importance on email access. Forty three per cent would struggle without it.

But only 34 per cent in Wales and the South West rely on their email.

Chief executive of Nasstar, Charles Black, said: 'The first wave was the mobile phone, and many of us would admit we rely on our mobile and can't remember how we ever survived without it.

'This poll shows that the next phase is the growth of mobile email.

'While teenagers are passionate about their mobile phones and texting in particular, the older generations are relying more and more on email because of its use in a business capacity.'

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