Among 25- to 34-year-olds, 50% felt they could not carry on without access to email, the ICM poll found. This age group was identified as the pioneer in using electronic communication to keep in touch with the office as well as friends.
But contrary to expectations, the latest technologies have not been monopolised by the younger generation. Forty-one percent of teenagers admitted to relying on their email, whereas 44% of 35- to 44-year-olds said that their email was vital.
More women than men would find it hard without email contact – 41% compared with 38%. The study [was] carried out for software company Nasstar.