Spam is Wasting Your Time

Album Cover: The Open Door EP

"Pretend every slot machine is a robot amputee waving hello."
Death Cab For Cutie / Little Bribes

Posted on October 08, 2003 1:02 PM in Computers
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In a typical day I receive anywhere from 75 to 100 email messages. Usually, anywhere from 3 to 5 of those are legitimate emails that I care about. Eyeballing the list of messages to weed out these 3 to 5 important emails takes, I'd say, roughly two minutes. So, let's say that every day I spend at least two minutes dealing with spam. That means, each week I spend 14 minutes. Each month I spend roughly an hour. Each year I spend about 730 minutes or a little over 12 hours dealing with spam in my inbox.

If I assume that I'll live an average life of about 75 years and that I've already spent two years (this is an understatement) dealing with spam, that means I will spend another 54 years of my life following the same routine (unless someone finally decides to put an end to it once and for all). What this means is that by the end of my life, I will have spent – are you sure you are ready for this? – 657 hours or roughly 27 days dealing with spam. So when I'm on my death bed I can reflect back on all the things I've accomplished, and relish in the fact that I spent nearly a month of my life filtering out the spam. Now that's priceless.

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