Is email killing you?

Email stresses us out:

A new study released Thursday by the University of California, Irvine, which was co-written with United States Army researchers, found that people who do not look at e-mail on a regular basis at work are less stressed and more productive.

And:

“We were able to get second-by-second stress levels from our tests and we found that over the five-day period away from e-mail, people’s stress levels went down compared with when they were using e-mails,” Ms. Mark said.

This isn’t too shocking but it’s a good reminder. Email can turn us into assholes and too much computer use can degrade social skills.

What’s ironic is that many of us find email more addictive than tobacco or alcohol.

It’s important to find a balance. And it looks like it all might start with getting more sleep.

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