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From: The Wall Street Journal

Stressed at Work? Blame Your Email.

The Wall Street Journal: 

A new lexicon is emerging to describe the unique stresses of work in the 21st century.

Researchers have coined a term, “telepressure,” to describe our urge to respond immediately to emails. The definition also includes those who find themselves repeatedly thinking about how they need to return a note to their colleague or jot an email back to their boss.

“You have trouble cognitively letting it go,” said Larissa K. Barber, an assistant professor of psychology at Northern Illinois University.

Barber and a colleague recently authored a paper that links this preoccupation with work communication – it can also apply to texts, she said – to burnout. Workers exhibiting higher levels of telepressure were more likely to agree with statements like “I have no energy for going to work in the morning” and “I feel like my batteries are dead.” In addition to feeling fatigued, they also tended to be more unfocused and unable to think clearly.

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