You are probably not surprised to hear the word “spam”; it is among the oldest and most detested in the world of online advertising.

Spam emails, also described as junk emails, are unauthorized messages sent in large quantities to elicit some response.

Spam has skyrocketed with the rise of automated software and Internet-connected devices.

When it comes to advertising and communication channels, email will always be at the top of the list, no matter how many others are developed.

Spam has steadily increased since the advent of email in the early 1990s.

But, just how many spam emails are sent per day in 2024?

Research indicates that around 56.5 percent of all emails are spam, including anything from useless advertisements and scams to adult content.

What Are The Different Types Of Spam Emails Sent?

Many other types of unwanted content, including advertisements, junk mail, scams, misinformation, money schemes, virus warnings, adult content, etc., are transmitted via spam emails.

  • Nearly 36 percent of all spam emails are classified as marketing/advertising emails, making them the most common spam.
  • Emails containing sexually explicit material are the second most common form of spam, making up about 31.7% of the total.
  • About 26.5% of all spam emails are related to money or finances, making them the third most popular spam.
  • Two percent and five-hundredths of all spam messages are fraudulent. Seventy-three percent of those are likely phishing emails.

Statistics On Email Usage in 2024

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1. A Whopping 4.2 Billion People Throughout The World Have Email Accounts

Email is still the most popular business communication, even though many young people today prefer texting apps.

So, how many people use email? According to projections, this number will approach 4.2 billion in 2022.

That works out to around half of the global population. Also, forecasts indicate that this figure will increase to 4.6 billion by 2025.

2. Every Day, 333 Billion Emails Are Sent And Received

Additionally, the volume of genuine emails is growing. In 2017, 269 billion emails were sent and received daily.

There will be an average of 333 emails sent per day in 2022. The projected number for 2025 is 376 billion.

However, a large chunk of this figure is likely the result of automated email solutions and bots.

3. 2.5 Email Addresses Are Typical For Internet Users

Those of you who are like us have probably wondered, “Wait, how many emails do I have?” We’ll wager that you currently have the one you formed when you were a youngster, but the username is too humiliating, and nobody knows about it.

Also, you probably have a work email (which may or may not utilize your company’s domain name) in addition to your personal email.

Seems appropriate, wouldn’t you say? Given that the mean is 2.5, this is to be expected.

Twenty percent of people have more than three email addresses, so don’t feel alone if that’s the case for you.

4. Every Day, Employees In The Office Receive An Average Of 121 Emails

When you check your inbox, do you ever question if it’s normal to have so many work-related messages?

No matter how much it hurts to hear this, the answer is 121, and that’s just the mean; many people get considerably more.

Worse yet, the average office worker receives over a hundred emails daily and is expected to send out 40 of their own daily. You should always try to work well with others.

5. Employees Claim That Emails Obstruct Their Job In 55% Of Cases

It’s a waste of time for employees to have to sift through so many emails every day, the majority of which are useless junk.

Take a moment to let this shocking fact sink in: according to studies of employee email usage, 144 out of every 200 emails are completely useless.

6. 47% Of Individuals Read Their Email On Mobile Devices

Only 27% of all people utilize desktop software. To catch up on their inboxes, the remaining 26% use webmail options or access their email providers via a browser.

It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact number because so many individuals scan emails on their phones before reading them in depth on their desktops, especially when the emails are lengthy or have attachments.

7. Gmail Is The Most Popular Email Service

As of 2021, Google’s email service has captured an astounding 43 percent of the market, edging off the previous leader, iPhone Mail, by only 3.5 percent.

More than half of all email is read on Apple products, or 50.7%, when the iPad and MacBook mail apps are included.

Additionally, Outlook’s market share would decrease from 9% in 2019 to 5.9% in 2021.

How Many Spam Emails Are Sent Per Day in 2024?

Although emails have become integral to the modern workplace, most are not welcome. Check out how common spam is.

8. Spam Makes Up 56.5% Of Email Traffic

So, how many spam emails are sent per day?

The answer is billions of emails.

More than twenty-one percent of all spam in the world has its roots in China.

After China, the United States is in second place, with slightly more than 14%. Flybe, an airline based in the UK, was fined £70,000 for spamming customers.

Everyone dislikes SPAM.

Getting unsolicited marketing emails is frustrating, and it doesn’t even have to be spam to get people angry.

British airline Flybe sent out 3.3 million unsolicited marketing emails to consumers.

What’s the result? Flybe was hit with a punishment of about $91,000 by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

9. Emails Are Transmitted By 94% Of All Viruses

Unsurprisingly, malicious actors may slip annoying software through the cracks, given the volume of emails exchanged daily.

While some malware is spread via infected email attachments, phishing has become the primary vector for malware distribution. Why?

Your antivirus software should easily eliminate the former, while the latter is entirely up to you.

According to data compiled from various email clients, Gmail filters out 100 million spam messages daily.

It is claimed that this technique will prevent 99.9% of all spam from reaching your inbox.

10. Health-Related Emails Make Up About 39% Of Spam


Emails about healthcare are the most common type of spam, but there are many more. It accounts for 39% of all spam emails.

Second place goes to spam about products, which accounts for only about 12% of the total.

Content involving extortion (at 10%), phishing (at 9%), and scams (at 5%) make up the rest.

An interesting statistic is that Microsoft is the most often target of phishing emails used for social engineering.

Following UPS as the most prevalent bogus identity among phishers (18%) is DHL.

In response to the overwhelming volume of emails they get, 26% of users have stopped receiving mailing lists altogether.

What Motivates People To Send Spam Emails?

The motivation for sending spam emails is usually financial. Despite concerns that it violates ethical norms, spam is widely used by companies of all sizes.

Sending an email has a very low per-piece cost, and firms can reliably send large emails. Sometimes, spam emails attempt to break into your system.

How Do You Stop Spam Emails?

In many cases, blocking spam emails received by botnets is impossible. As a group, infected computers form botnets.

Therefore, identifying and stopping the initial spammer can be challenging.

If an email you get looks suspicious, for example, because you don’t recognize the sender, you should mark it as spam.

Don’t open anything, not even the unsubscribe or opt-out links.

Sometimes spammers will include these URLs to verify your email address, but they could also lead you to a bad website or download malware.

Is Spam Email Dangerous?

The risks posed by spam emails are real. Threatening links that lead to malware-infected websites are a real possibility (see “What is malware?” for more information).

Do not follow spam links.

Spam emails that contain viruses often use urgent wording to convince you to open them. If you want to know more about the most common forms of spam, read on.

How To Safeguard Your Emails


With millions of emails flying across the internet daily, some will inevitably be fraudulent. It’s estimated that 1 in every 99 emails you receive is a phishing attempt.

We’ve established that there are a lot of phishing emails because of the staggering daily volume of email traffic (333,2 billion messages sent and received).

A phishing attempt can take the form of an email from someone purporting to be your bank and asking you to verify your account information by clicking a link.

If you fall for this fraud, the crook will take your login details and use them to access your account.

Since working professionals typically receive around 121 emails daily, that equates to about 1.2 phishing emails.

Final Thoughts

The number of spam emails sent per day numbers in the billions.

Spam emails threaten everyone because they take personal information and use it for fraudulent purposes.

However, as you noticed, this is readily avoidable; all it takes is for people to be aware of the risks.

Avoid engaging with spam emails by keeping a complex email address you don’t publish online.

With any luck, you were able to take anything away from this tutorial regarding spam email and how to stop it effectively. 


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