E-Mail Use Patterns in the United States

Zhixian Yi
Chinese Librarianship: an International Electronic Journal   unpublished
This study analyzes data to determine who uses e-mail more in the United States through bivariate correlation and multiple linear regression. The results show that demographic variables such as age and region, socioeconomic status variables such as education and household income, and the variable of having enough time to get the job done, play significant roles in predicting the patterns of e-mail use. Those with higher levels of education, or household income, or with enough time to get the
more » ... done, or who live in the South, are more likely to use e-mail for more hours each week. The older the respondents are, the less likely they are to use e-mail. Gender, race, and marital status make no difference. Few studies have explored the patterns of e-mail in terms of specific hours of e-mail use. These findings will help librarians and e-mail providers to offer better tools and services.