If you work in an office, at some point you've probably had a coworker evangalise about how much switching off email has changed their life. Turns out, they're right.
New research published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour has found that checking email less frequently reduces stress. There's tons of anecdotal evidence that switching email off for long periods helps you to get stuff done and stress less at work, but now this scientific study backs that up.
Lower stress levels meant that study participants rated higher on a lot of measures of well-being.
People who checked their emails less often felt less distracted too. Basically, less email means less stress means that you feel better.
In 2012 researchers at the University of California, Irvine, presented work at a conference showing that taking five-day breaks from email meant workers experienced less stress and multitasked less. But while five-day breaks from email are not very practical, checking less often is something many people could achieve – though, as anyone who's tried before knows, it might not be as easy as it sounds.