Term of the day: Inbox Camping

Inbox Camping

Process of repeatedly checking your email to see if there is something new to check up on. Especially common as a task-avoidance behavior, and enabled by Outlooks “new post” popup.

Comments (9)

  1. Ryan Farley says:

    Ahhaha. That is so funny. That is just what I was doing when I read this post!

  2. Let’s not forget the similar, but even more addictive behavior: RSS Camping. The beauty of RSS camping is that you can just subscribe to new feeds until you feel like you’re hard at work 🙂

  3. Jeff says:

    And while you’re at it, don’t forget checking your favorite forums, news sites, etc. I manage to go entire days without doing anything productive at all this way!

  4. Sean Terry says:

    Guilty as charged.

  5. Matt Hawley says:

    LOL – is this the same thing that is frowned upon like "camping" in Counter Strike?

    Add me to the guilty list as well 🙂 I hope my boss doesn’t read this.

  6. Actually, I’d submit that the Outlook new message pop-up helps to calm the behavior. You don’t need to go check your Inbox every 30 seconds because Outlook will let you know if something new arrives.

    …so that you can drop whatever you’re doing and see if it needs to be checked on. 🙂 But at least you can leave Outlook minimized until something comes.

    IntraVnews gives the same result for RSS. A notification box pops up to warn of new content that you can use to evade actual work, alleviating the need to constantly check your RSS aggregator for updates.


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