Thursday, November 30, 2023


On average, how often do you check your personal email?

*Ding* You’ve got mail! How often would you say you check your personal email account? All the time? A few times throughout the day? Hardly ever?

We hope if you’re receiving your newsletters at your personal email that you’re checking it at least once a day. You don’t want to miss any emails from us, do you? Wink.

Oh, and if it’s been a while since you’ve seen the beloved 1998 Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail,” you might want to rent it here. You’ll enjoy it.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Jim O'Briant (@guest_118401)
2 years ago

I have friends who check their email perhaps once a week. These are people who would climb mountains to check their postal mail box every day and would consider it a disaster if something prevented. If I wrote them a letter and didn’t hear from them for a week, I wouldn’t think twice about it. But then I email them, I know it’s arrived in their IN box within a few seconds. I think that if it’s important enough to check your appropriately named “snail mail” every day, it should be equally important to check your email at least once per day as well.

Jeff Craig (@guest_118365)
2 years ago

Depends on the accounts. Some (the address I give stores and businesses) once every few days. Others, including work, every three to four hours. The hardest part is getting businesses to keep their ads at a minimum.

Grant Graves (@guest_118359)
2 years ago

Now that I’m retired, I check email once or twice a day most days, but sometimes I go two or three days without checking. I do other things in my life now. The main reason I check in the mornings is to read the RVTravel letter for that day.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Grant Graves

Thanks, Grant! We appreciate that you check for our email with the RV Travel newsletter (most) mornings! Take care, and stay healthy. 😀 —Diane at

Roy Davis (@guest_118357)
2 years ago

I have a tablet that alerts me when I have an email. Many people use their smart phones the same way. The question did say personal emails but both my personal and other email accounts are monitored by one app.

David Telenko (@guest_118330)
2 years ago

Well it depends on what kind of “mail” your talking about. Some people actually have “snail mail”, along with email!. So to me thats a very vague question! Yes I do consider mail that the USPO delivers personal mail.

Roy Davis (@guest_118356)
2 years ago
Reply to  David Telenko

The question asked how often you check email, not mail. There is nothing vague about that.

Gary (@guest_118328)
2 years ago

I refuse to use my smartphone for email, so I’ll check it 2 or 3 times a day at my desk.

Neal Davis (@guest_118327)
2 years ago

I have two accounts. One is my public email address. That is, it is the one I list when completing on-line or hard-copy forms. I check it 2 or 3 times daily. The other account is the one to which my RV Travel and important stuff goes. I check it each morning and perhaps one other time daily. If I am awaitung a particular message, then I will check the relevant account often until the awaited message arrives.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

Thanks for including RV Travel in your “important stuff,” Neal! We appreciate it – and you! Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

Tommy Molnar (@guest_118325)
2 years ago

If I’m expecting a delivery with a tracking number, I’ll check often enough to know when to expect it. Otherwise only twice a day – or so. I turned off any “notifications” for everything except texts (because I don’t get spam texts).

We’re just too darned connected these days. We have a couple fave boondock sites where there is NO cell or web access. Pure heaven.

James LaGasse (@guest_118320)
2 years ago

I check my email in the morning when I get up and in the afternoon or early evening, I have turned off notices for email, facebook and twitter so I am not tempted to check for new ones every few minutes. Often times people call me and ask if I have seen an email they sent me because I haven’t responded but won’t tell me what the email said. I guess they get annoyed because they expect instant response.

Ron T. (@guest_118340)
2 years ago
Reply to  James LaGasse

I agree, if you want an instant response use that thing in your hand to actually talk to me.

Marty chambers (@guest_118313)
2 years ago

Recently I went off the grid for the weekend. Monday when I checked it I had over 350 emails mostly political spam and cold sales. All the crap I don’t want but have to delete.

But sprinkled among them are the emails I want and need. But I have to be careful not to accidentally erased any.

I have unsubscribed many of these spams but they still keep coming. It’s making email a time consuming chore.

Irv (@guest_118329)
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty chambers

Either or both your Internet Service Provider or your email program should have a spam filter. They’ll move suspect emails into a JUNK folder.

When first starting, skim the JUNK folder at least daily to make sure it’s not too aggressive. Most get better as you train them.

If you sort the junk folder alphabetically by sender, you’ll find multiple emails from the same source every day. It only takes me a few minutes to scan 100 items in my junk folder and delete them.

Del (@guest_118342)
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty chambers

Do Not reply to unsolicited email. The unsubscribe on those just gets you on a list of verified emails that is sold to others to get you more emails.The law describing penalties for spam email has very little punch. Most of the spammers are not US based, so they are out of reach most of the time.

Bob P (@guest_118304)
2 years ago

It depends on how busy my schedule is, if I’m busy on a project once in the morning and evening. If all I’m doing is sitting around waiting for the weather to clear probably several times.

kat (@guest_118303)
2 years ago

once in the morning and then maybe if i remember, i will check my smartphone later in the day. it has been so nice to go from having to have it open on a computer and look at a computer screen 10-12 hours a day for work to doing it as little as once or twice a day! retirement is grand.

Michael (@guest_118301)
2 years ago

I have a smart phone with email so I get notifications. If the heading looks interesting I read it, if not I don’t. I don’t let it interrupt me if I’m busy though. Good to have in case of something important.

Tom (@guest_118297)
2 years ago

With a dog rescue, checking is part of the chores.

Tom (@guest_118294)
2 years ago

Once a day, when I sit down with my coffee and read RVtravel. Starts my day.

Dan (@guest_118306)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I’ve got the same routine: Coffee, Email, RVTravel, then I can face the day.

Thomas H Brewer (@guest_118293)
2 years ago

I check every time it dings. I don’t read them unless it’s important, like finally getting notice that I can get my first shot. Crazy system here in NM.

Glen Cowgill (@guest_118290)
2 years ago

I was trapped, checking E-Mail every few minutes, surfing the web and shopping for things I don’t need. When I realized that I had gained 30 pounds and was becoming sluggish I made a change. I now only look at the computer twice a day. My day now is 1 hour on the computer as I am drinking my coffee and then to the shop. Either the wood shop or the garage where I keep my 1967 Camaro. I can always find enough to do or a modification I want to do. This all started with the pandemic.
Now that I have both my shots and my wife just got her first shot, we are looking forward to be back in the RV doing some camping and visiting the kids and grand children. Hope to see everyone on the road again.

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