What, Me Obsessive About Checking Email?

Obsessively checking email - a cartoon by Andertoons

I’m obsessed with checking my email. I’m positively Pavlovian about it. I hear that little DING! and I simply must know who’s contacted me and why! It’s one of the reasons I bought a Blackberry and later an iPhone. I feel better if I know I’m connected.

You can imagine how I feel when I forget my phone at home; I just know someone is sending me something that I need to know right then and there!

So one day I saw one of those “Check Your Email” machines at a rest stop, and this cartoon was born.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonistAbout the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.

12 Reactions

  1. Haha, that’s great! Sometimes I do feel a little sleazy when I pull out my phone to check email during a lul in dinner or when out with friends. sometimes I try to hide it like I’m doing something illegal!

  2. That’s great! I do the same thing, I think it is a plot by phone manufacturers to keep us hooked.

  3. Martin Lindeskog


    You have to start implementing the Getting Things Done methodology by D. Allen. Or turn off the computer now and then! 😉 For the record: I check my email often, but I don’t check on my mobile phone yet. Due to the time difference between Sweden and America, I often check email before I go to bed and then in the morning when my friends and contacts in America are going to bed… 🙂

  4. Mark– just discovered your site today and really like it! I am linking to you now from mine. Had to chuckle at this as who has not felt a bit like an alcoholic would sneaking a drink, or any other crazy addiction. There is a world of insane behaviour around the crackberry, and I would bet there is a 12 step group out there somewhere on this! thanks for this!

  5. Reminds me of kids’ concerts and sporting events. You see parents surreptitiously checking their blackberries trying not to let their kids or other parents see.

  6. Hilarious. Actually, I find it hilarious for two reasons. First – for the reason stated in the article. Second – the place I work my daytime job at has all the e-mails blocked (even my own server’s web mail). People resort to buying their own Blackberries with unlimited data plans to be able to stay in touch.

    This would be a good cafeteria business 🙂

  7. I agree with Martin. Even how busy we may be and even how much we wanted to stay connected-it’s always better to design a proper methodology on how you should get your tasks done.

  8. So funny! People will go to great lengths to stay connected with email and the internet.

  9. Ha Ha – We got hit with some high winds last Sunday – so at my conference this past week people were saying how insane they were without computers and phones. Some were resorting to charging stuff in their cars. I have to admit I would be one of them.

  10. Mark, your works are really cool. However, I don’t think checking emails obsessively is healthy.

  11. Ummm … it took a while to read all these comments. Someone probably emailed me during that time. I’d better check …

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