Who enjoys constantly checking their work email all day? Well if your like the majority of Americans, then your answer most likely is “sure as hell isn’t me.” Well now a new study has given you an excuse that can help you cut down on checking your inbox — Checking email frequently can leave us stressed out.
"Our findings showed that people felt less stressed when they checked their email less often," said study author Kostadin Kushlev, a PhD candidate in psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada, in a university news release.
The study entailed researchers dividing 124 adults, including students, financial analysts and medical professionals, into two groups. During the first week of testing, one group checked their emails only three times daily, while the other group checked their emails whenever they wanted. The groups switched roles for the second week of the study.
Even though it can stress us out, the study showed that it is difficult for people to change their email reading habits.
If it helps at all, trying cutting down your email checks one or two times less per day. Even if it takes just a smidge of stress off you, it’s worth it. How do you manage your emails? How often do you check your inbox?