Blame Email if You're Feeling Stressed (or If You Have Any Other Problems That Need a Scapegoat)

It’s no news flash that technology is capable of negative side effects. But a recent study shows that email alone is a large stress factor and that people who take email “vacations” are in better shape. Those who don’t check their email on a regular basis at work are not only less stressed but more productive, too. Researchers believe the whole practice of in-office email needs to change. “We suggest doing what we call batching e-mails, where organizations send e-mails once or twice a day, rather than continually, so employees know not to check their e-mail every 10 minutes.” [NYT]