Researchers at two Scottish universities have studied the patterns of emailing and on comparing them with the behaviors of different birds found that those who love to check their emails day or night can be termed as "compulsive woodpeckers" while those who read their emails but do not reply to them are "incommunicado ostrich".
All together 12 birds have been 'categorised' by Glasgow University and the University of West Scotland.
AdvertisementThe Pesky Crow, according to them, are the one who always sends multiple versions of the same document, or sends multiple emails about the same topic.
The increased use of email has resulted in the development of 'particular idiosyncratic patterns of emailing behaviour that can either delight or enrage,' said the researchers.
Others types of emailers include 'The Caterwauling Peacock', which broadcasts emails to all and sundry, claiming that people 'need to know' when actually they are really just grandstanding, the 'Back-Covering Emu', who sends emails in order to be able to prove, at a later date, that the information was passed on, and the 'Echoing Mynah', who acknowledges every single email.
'The Boorish Parrot' - are identified as a person who sends abusive or inappropriate emails and fails to understand why others get upset by them and 'The Night Owl' - the midnight emailer, who fails to understand that others do wish to have 'time out'.
But Robin is the best emailer.
The researchers said "Robin people are admired for not allowing email to dictate their lives and making time to speak to people in person whenever they can."
"Email has rapidly become a vital business communication tool and a lot of people we spoke to say they would not be able to do their jobs without it," the daily Mail quoted Dr Karen Renaud, senior lecturer at Glasgow University's school of computing science, as saying.
"What the research really highlights is that email is a great source of stress for many people. Too often, email is used instead of a more suitable means of communication like actually talking to someone.