It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 50 years since the very first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson.
Ray Tomlinson was the tender age of 22 in 1971 when he got his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
In 2012, Ray Tomlinson was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
Just think, an email you just sent started out as an experiment to see if two computers could exchange messages.
Today, we may use text messages and chat messages a lot, but email still plays a major role in business, and is still used for personal use despite the growth of chat and SMS texting.
What is email?
Email is short for electronic mail, which are messages transmitted to and from digital computers via a network.
Email systems allow users to send textual, image, sound, and other kinds of messages through a network.
Today, we will answer the question, “How many email users are there?”
- In 2023, there are around 4.371 billion email users on the planet.
- The first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson.
- An average of 347.3 billion emails are sent out per day.
- The average registered email user has 1.86 email accounts.
- 78% of people check their email before they go to work in the morning.
- Only 22% of email users check their email after they get to work.
Email Users: How Many Emails Users Are There Worldwide in 2024?
According to The Radicati Group, there are an estimated 4.371 billion email users in the world.
This method of communication is set to grow to over 4.5 billion users by 2025.
Microsoft Outlook reported 400 million active email users on its system in early 2018 and that figure has stayed there.
However, the growth of Gmail accounts surpassed the one billion user milestone in 2016, and as of 2023, they have over 1.8 billion active email users.
As of now, Gmail has the highest share in the email client sector at 29.5% in the world.
In 2020, there were 225 million email account holders using the email service.
According to Yahoo, they are doing away with the Yahoo app, which was set to be discontinued by June 2023.
Yahoo recommends using the Yahoo Mail app where you can enjoy a better email experience and still get your news, etc. from there.
After all, people are using their smartphones and tablets to check their emails nowadays.
This data tells us that not only is email still being used, but it’s also expected to grow over the next couple of years, and potentially beyond.
(Oberlo, Radicati Group, Statista, Yahoo)
How Many Emails Are Sent Per Day?
In 2023, an average of 347.3 billion emails are sent every day.
Among the four billion worldwide email users, 3.13 million emails are sent per second.
If you thought email was going extinct, these numbers don’t show that to be true.
As of now, email is the only communication application that still has a 100% adoption rate across the globe. Let’s face it, we no longer ask “if” someone has an email.
We ask what their email is when we want to send them something via that method.
The forecast for email is that by 2025, there will be 376 billion emails sent per day, which represents a 12.8% increase over 2022.
(Entrepreneur, Lifewire, Zippia)
What Are the Habits and Behaviors of Email Users?
Research shows that 78% of Americans check their email every day before they go to work.
Another 11% of Americans check their email as soon as they wake up in the morning.
Furthermore, 30% of Millennials said they check their email within 15 minutes after getting up in the morning.
Another 19% of respondents said they check their email within 30 minutes of getting up.
Only 22% of email users said they waited to check their emails at work.
Millennials are also the generation using email the most these days. In fact, this generation uses email an average of 6.4 hours a day.
Baby Boomers and older generations use email for around five hours per day and Gen Z favors social media over email.
According to email statistics, 97% of Gmail users check their email on their smartphones or other mobile devices.
Statistics like these remind us that email is still going strong, but how and where it’s used is changing.
(DemandSage, Sleep Advisor, Zippia)
How Do Businesses Use Email?
Businesses are still using email marketing as one of their go-to marketing methods because it works.
In fact, 31% of B2B marketings claim that email newsletters are best for lead generation.
Furthermore, 78% of marketers say that email is vital to their organization’s success and 64.1% of companies use email marketing.
Email marketing is known to be the most effective tool for marketing over SEO, content marketing, and social media marketing.
Research shows that for every $1 businesses invest in email marketing generates $42 in return.
That’s a high ROI, which is why marketers say that email marketing offers the highest return on investment, especially for small businesses.
Analytics show that email marketing has bounce rate of 10.64% and offers a click-through-rate of 8.74%, which is impacted by the time of day and other factors.
Consequently, the average email open rate comes to 17.6%.
After reading the facts, figures, and statistics in this article, we can confidently surmise that email isn’t going anywhere for a long time.
Society still relies heavily upon it, especially in business and among Millennials and older generations.
Do you still use email for personal or business purposes?
It’s an effective communication tool that is universal and productive across the world.
No wonder it’s still being used so widely.
The growth of email may seem surprising with the usage of SMS text messaging, app messengers, and chats, but it’s happening.
The predicted growth will continue at least into 2025 and beyond.