A survey by YouGov has shown that when it comes to email Londoners are more foul mouthed and duplicitous than their countrymen.
The survey of over 2,000 UK email users revealed that almost a third of Londoners admit to using foul language in emails, compared to less than a fifth of Northerners. Over a quarter of Londoners will delete emails they want to hide, compared to the national average of 16 per cent.
"It's very interesting to see such a wide variance of email practice across the British public," said Jon Lee, chief executive of Clearswift, who commissioned the survey.
"But what these figures don't reveal is the repercussions from sending an ill-judged or deliberately offensive mail. Businesses are opening themselves up to serious breaches of regulations if they allow such emails to slip through."
Of all those surveyed, the younger emailer proved five times more likely than the over 50s to send an email they later regretted. Stress was also a factor in such emails, with a quarter of those surveyed saying stress caused them to make email mistakes.
The survey also found men were five times more likely to use email to send out company secrets to the competition than women. Five per cent of those men questioned admitted to this kind of espionage, indicating from the size of the survey that over 50 UK firms have lost secrets.
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