courtenaybird

So we know that the average worker spends 13 hours a week — 28 percent of office time — on email. Which multiplies out to (eek) 650 hours a year.

But what does that time investment look like as physical — well, “physical” — output? How does it amass as words typed and sent and otherwise generated? Here’s one estimate: 41,638 words.

To put those 41,638 discrete pieces of communication in perspective, that word count, in the aggregate, is roughly equivalent to a novel that is 166 pages in length…. slightly greater than The Old Man and the Sea (127 pages long), slightly less than The Great Gatsby (182 pages), and just about equal to The Turn of the Screw (165 pages).

So many wasted words.

  1. gracebello reblogged this from onehumangallery and added:
    In my case, probably more than one novel. *shudders*
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    NOTE: This assumes that we need more people attempting to write a novel.
  13. evangotlib reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    I read every email before I hit send for the sole purpose of removing words. And 15% of the time I delete the email...
  14. parislemon reblogged this from courtenaybird and added:
    So many wasted words.
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