Checking email may be an addictive habit, but not surprisingly, researchers say the more you refresh your inbox, the more stressed you’ll become. According to a study out of the University of British Columbia, there’s a cap on the number of times you should check email throughout the day to reduce stress: three. Researchers asked 124 adults to limit checking their email to three times a day for seven days.
The participants filled out a daily 10-minute questionnaire related to their stress levels, and as a result, less frequent email checks made people much happier throughout the day.
While the average person checks email 15 times a day, the study suggests three times is the right amount to keep added stress away.
The main reason for the added stress? Switching between tasks requirements realignment of attention (and emotions, related to stress, personal matters and so on) can be taxing on the mind, the study suggests. Read more…