It’s not just you and it’s not just in your head. British scientists have measured the impact of email on stress levels and it’s not good.
You know that buzzing, stressed out feeling you get when you look at your overflowing inbox of hear the ping of an arriving message?
Well, turns out that reaction is real and it isn’t just mental; it’s physical too.
A team of researchers out of Loughborough University in the UK used a set of 30 government employees as guinea pigs to determine the physical as well as psychological effects of email. To do so they tracked the blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol (a hormone related to stress) levels of the syudy participants, who were also asked to keep a diary of their work days. What they found probably won’t surprise you.
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