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Not that you needed research to confirm this, but now you have it: Your inbox and email habits are stressing you out. Officially.
According to a recent study conducted by the psychological research group Future Work Center, email practices and culture are causing users stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. The group analyzed previous research around email use and surveyed nearly 2,000 people who had varied roles in a variety of industries in the United Kingdom. They found that push notifications and work experience in particular have a lot to do with perceived pressure around stress.