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article imageEmails sent on Mondays contain the most errors

By Tim Sandle     Jan 7, 2017 in Internet
When is the worst day to send an email? The answer, it appears, is Monday. This is because electronic mail sent on the first day of the working week contains more grammatical mistakes than those sent on other days.
Despite the growth in messaging and other forms of communication, email remains the primary digital means of communication, especially in the business world. Analysis by the Radicati Group estimates the number of emails sent per day is around 205 billion. 205 billion email messages per day means almost 2.4 million emails are sent every second and some 74 trillion emails are sent per year. The typical office worker sends and receives around 120 emails per day.
Some people compose well structured emails; others commit 'email sins' by typing in capital letters or composing messages as if they were 'text speak.' Generally, you stand a better chance of your email being taken seriously if it is well written and free of mistakes. This is the view of Quartz reporter Sarah Kessler.
In an article Kessler reviews data compiled by Boomerang about grammatical errors in email. The analysis indicates which day of the work tends to contain the most badly composed emails. The Boomerang analysis consisted of reviewing 250,000 emails. This found that making an error in a subject line resulted in a 5 percent drop in the likelihood a message would be opened; and led to a drop from 34 percent to 29 percent in response rate.
There was also a link between the number of mistakes and a decline in the response rate:
0 mistakes = 41 percent average response rate
1 mistake = 38 percent response rate
2 mistakes = 34 percent response rate
3 mistakes = 34 percent response rate
4 mistakes = 34 percent response rate
5 mistakes = 30 percent response rate
The most most common error was messing up capitalization in a subject line (starting a subject sentence with a lowercase letter). This alone was likely to lead to a 15 percent drop in the response rate. As to when these errors tended to occur, New Yorker Magazine says the answer was Monday as bleary eyed office workers, with one metaphorical leg still in the weekend struggle to adapt to the working week ahead.
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