Study: Spam costing companies $22 billion a year

A telephone-based survey of adults who use the Internet found that more than three-quarters receive spam daily. The average spam messages per day is 18.5 and the average time spent per day deleting them is 2.8 minutes.

The loss in productivity is equivalent to $21.6 billion per year at average U.S. wages, according to the National Technology Readiness Survey produced by Rockbridge Associates, Inc., and the Center for Excellence in Service at Maryland's business school.

Source: CNN

I don't know about you, but I get exponentially more then 18.5 SPAM emails a day. Because of my SPAM filter I do however keep the time it takes to take care of that SPAM to under 5 minutes though, thank god!

What I would really like to see in one of these studies is more then 1000 people surveyed. Another wonderful fact they pulled out of this: 4 percent of the recipients have bought something advertised through spam within the past year.

Thanks people! You are the reason this "business model" works.

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Lately, I have been overwhelmed by "bounceback" messages saying that the mail recipient can't be found. Why, because some scum bag spammer is using my metzener dot com domain address as the "from" address of the spams being sent! So far, since 2/1/2005, I have received 1440 messages of this type.

My webhost has installed something that is supposed to help stop it, but so far, I'm still getting about 50 an hour.

I'm not really sure what to do at this point. Fortunately, Thunderbird has been pretty good at catching them and filtering them as spam. Some do make it through, but those are typically the poor recipient sending out auto-responder messages.

Ah the joys of the internet these days!

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