I let my spam folder fill up over five days and — stopwatch in tow — I just forced myself to face the mess and clean it up, checking for miscategorized mail and so on.
Here are the stats:
– 1203 e-mails I had to sift through (241 e-mails a day) from which I had to save 9 non-spam e-mails which’d been incorrectly tagged.
– 21.5 minutes of my time
– That’s 26 hours of my time wasted yearly
– At an approximate $75/hr worth of my time, that’s $1,613 dollars.
– For a company of 1,000 employees, that’s 1.6 million dollars just in lost time (doesn’t count bandwidth or storage costs).
But our government finds it more important to chase after naked breasts instead of really applying firepower to the war against spam. Wonderful.