How Frequently Do You Change Your Email Address?

How Frequently Do You Change Your Email Address?

Taryn Williford
Oct 25, 2012

Changing your email address can be as complicated as changing your name. So when it comes to email addresses, I subscribe to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy. I've had the same Gmail address since I graduated from college, but I have a friend that swears by changing his main personal email account every other year.

The reason? To throw off spam.

Once he nears the 20-month mark, it seems like the spam emails to his account become overwhelming. He's constantly deleting emails, especially from mailing lists he can't seem to unsubscribe from. Rather than escalate a call to a company about why their unsubscribe button doesn't work, he just leaves that tarnished digital life behind and starts anew.

I have to admit: It seems a little overkill. Changing your email address and updating all the important parties — friends and family, banks, and mailing lists you actually like — is a headache. But I bet my friend is not totally alone in his nomadic digital lifestyle.

Barring some sort of major change — like changing your name for marriage or graduating from your university email account — how often do you or have you changed your email address? Never? Once every few years? Share your story in the comments.

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