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One digital thing you do every day could be shaving years off your life

One digital thing you do every day could be shaving years off your life
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If you're anything like me, you don't just do this thing once a day - try once a minute! I'm talking about checking your email.

These days, it seems like you're supposed to respond immediately to every email. I get so many emails that I don't have time to reply to them all, but as you know, I read every one of them. But at your job, you may be required to constantly check your inbox and get back right away to each one. If you log into your computer and see that you have 10, 20 or 30 unread messages waiting for you, you know how dismaying that can be.

But it's not your imagination: Your email account really is putting your mind and body under significant stress. High stress levels are a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, mental illness, obesity and a laundry list of other significant health problems. Stress is literally a killer.

In a groundbreaking experiment, UC Irvine researcher Gloria Mark wired U.S. army civilian employees with heart-rate monitors. She measured stress levels when they were checking emails. Then she had them go hours and even days without checking email and watched stress levels go WAY down.

Next page: But doesn't that mean a decrease in employee productivity?
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