Video may have killed the radio star, but social media has yet to kill e-mail. Despite the amount of time we spend checking and sending tweets, direct messages and wall posts, e-mail still reigns supreme as the primary way people communicate on the Internet.
If you’re skeptical, check out this infographic from Wrike , an online project management hub, which highlights five facts about e-mail that will leave you inspired to share some knowledge with your contacts — via e-mail, of course.
The truth is, 58 percent of people in the United States start their online day by checking their e-mail inbox, compared with only 11 percent who start their day on Facebook. Believe it or not, there are nearly three times as many e-mail accounts as there are Facebook and Twitter accounts combined — which shouldn’t be surprising, since an e-mail account is needed to join these social networking sites.
Among e-mail providers, Microsoft’s Outlook is the top client for almost one-third of all users. And while people value the human interaction that comes with face-to-face meetings and the brevity that instant messages provide, 53 percent of professionals prefer to use e-mail when communicating with colleagues.
Sure, trying to get to Inbox Zero  can be frustrating — delete one message, and five more take its place — but, at the end of the day, e-mail is an integral communication tool in our professional and personal lives.
Now, take a break from trying to clear that inbox and read the rest of the infographic below.