Study Proves that Constantly Checking Your Emails Is Stressing You Out

December 9, 2014

11:00 pm

We all do it: Leave our email tab open to make sure we are on top of incoming emails. Constantly checking of your emails is not making you productive. Quite the opposite actually; it’s stressing you out!

Researchers set out to prove that this in fact is true, and yep, there are probably positive psychological benefits to intentionally ignoring your email whenever possible.

In this new study published in Computers in Human Behavior, the study found that “limiting the number of times people checked their email per day lessened tension during a particularly important activity and lowered overall day-to-day stress,” the researchers write, and was associated with various other positive measures of psychological well-being.

Two group of workers were told to keep their email program closed, turn notifications off, and check their email only three times a day, and the other was told to leave notifications on and check their email as often as possible. After the first week, each group switched into the other condition, and each group was regularly surveyed about how often they were checking their email, how stressed they were, and how productive they felt.

Those who checked their email a lot also didn’t perceive themselves as any more productive than those who were on an email diet.

So stop constantly checking your emails.


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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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