Effects of UCE
It Costs Money
"E-mail 'Spam' is unique in that the receiver pays so much more for it than the sender does" (Levine). A receiver may be an ISP or an individual. "For example, AOL has said that they were receiving 1.8 million 'Spams' from Cyber Promotions per day until they got a court injunction to stop it. Assuming that it takes the typical AOL user only 10 seconds to identify and discard a message, that's still 5,000 hours per day of connect time per day spent discarding their 'Spam,' just on AOL. By contrast, the 'Spammer' probably has a T1 line that costs him about $100/day. No other kind of advertising costs the advertiser so little, and the recipient so much" (Levine). In addition, many people are charged by the hour, or even minute, to access the Internet. Every "Spam" or UCE message received takes time to open and delete, which means higher costs for the consumer.
It is a Waste of Others' Resources
"The number of 'Spams' sent out each day is truly remarkable, and each one must be handled by other systems; there is no justification for forcing third parties to bear the load of unsolicited advertising." In short, "Spam" or UCE consumes incredible amounts of Internet bandwidth, needlessly slowing down the Internet.
It is a Waste of Your Resources
Additionally, if an individual receives so much junk e-mail that it exceeds the space the ISP allots for their mail they can't get any more mail until it's personally deleted. Otherwise, any mail you get will be "bounced" back to the sender with an error message.
It is Annoying

Effects of UCE

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