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Email updates cause stress

5-16-cat-stressedFuture Work Centre, which conducts psychological research on people’s workplace experiences, has warned that regular email updates are doing peoples’ heads in.

The report warns that regular email updates cause stress and people need to control of their email instead of being ruled by it.

“You may want to consider launching your email application when you want to use email and closing it down for periods when you don’t wish to be interrupted by incoming emails. Use email when you intend to, not just because it’s always running in the background.”

The team surveyed almost 2,000 working people across a range of industries and occupations in the UK about using email.

They found that two of the most stressful habits were leaving email on all day and checking emails early in the morning and late at night.

Higher email pressure was associated with more examples of work having a negative effect on home life, and home life having a negative impact on performance at work.

Lead author Dr Richard MacKinnon said: “Our research shows that email is a double-edged sword. While it can be a valuable communication tool, it’s clear that it’s a source of stress or frustration for many of us.

“The people who reported it being most useful to them also reported the highest levels of email pressure. But the habits we develop, the emotional reactions we have to messages and the unwritten organisational etiquette around email, combine into a toxic source of stress which could be negatively impacting our productivity and wellbeing.”

Email pressure was highest among younger people and steadily decreased with age. Apparently as we get older we care less about it, according to the findings presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology annual meeting in Nottingham.

Internet makes you stressed

Researchers at Kent State University claim that students who spend hours each day online, texting or talking on mobiles are more anxious, miserable people who get lower grades.

The study was done by Andrew Lepp, Jacob Barkley and Aryn Karpinski who interviewed 536 students representing 82 different majors.

The students recorded daily mobile use. Each took social science tests that measure anxiety and satisfaction with their life, or happiness.

The study was divided between those who used their phones only to keep in touch, but had the emotional maturity to put it away and get on with other tasks.

Higher frequency users were unable to control phone use and were glued to the mobiles.

The researchers selected college students for their study because they are the first generation to grow up immersed in the technology.

Participants allowed the researchers to retrieve their cumulative grade point average. The researchers measured texts and calls sent and received and overall use.

The report found a strong relationship that high mobile use and high anxiety.

According to Andrew Lepp, the students who text under the table during lectures do not do as well as those that put the phone in the backpack.