MailChimp recently posted a survey about how people use mail on their mobile phones. Since we know about two-thirds of our students use mobile devices, I thought the MailChimp study was interesting. Do you use your mobile device to check your email? Do you only check your work email, or only your home email - or do you use your phone to check both?
I found this statistic to be the most interesting: 87% read both their work and personal email on the same mobile device. No one said they read only their work email on their mobile.
We are now accustomed to getting everything at once, no matter where we are. And that's really what mobile devices are for.
Your mobile device isn't just for personal stuff. A perfect example of BYOD ("Bring Your Own Device"), this stat shows that people prefer using their own devices even if they need to access work resources. Email is such an important, embedded part of our lives that people are content to use their personal mobile devices to read work email.
I'll admit that this never would have occurred to me; I've always used my personal mobile phone to access my work email, for as long as I've had a smartphone. It just makes sense for me to be able to check what's happening at work, no matter where I am.
But the danger here is that we become too connected to work when we're on personal time. How often have you found yourself checking work email from your phone, when you were on vacation? I've written before about maintaining a work-life balance.