Technology News reported We're not any less annoyed by spam. We're just more accepting of it. So says a study released Sunday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Fifty-three percent of adult e-mail users in the United States now say they trust e-mail less because of spam, down from 62 percent a year ago and about the same as a June 2003 Pew survey.
Pew also found that 22 percent of e-mail users say they are spending less time on e-mail because of spam, down from 29 percent last year. In 2003, it was 25 percent.
"This shows some level of tolerance that people are manifesting," said Deborah Fallows, a senior research fellow at Pew and the study's author. "Maybe it's their getting used to it. Maybe it's like other annoying things in life -- air pollution, traffic -- they are just learning to live with it."
Other news organizations varied in how they reported this study
- Spam: You just don't care
- Spam, an Acquired Taste
- Spam still annoys, but we're used to it
- Spam hatred subsides -- it's just part of life
- US net users more accepting of spam
I certainly care about spam, I am not used to it, nor do I accept it, but like other problems in life, I deal with it.