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What a Compulsive Email Habit Does to Your Mind and Relationships

MediumMedium 2019-10-29

Every morning when I wake up, I roll over and check my email. Usually there’s nothing that can’t wait: some press releases about new studies, the occasional email from an editor, and plenty of spam. The checking is a compulsion I’ve adopted in the past several years — one that only adds to my already significant anxiety, with few upsides (if any). It is, in effect, making me something of a workaholic, or someone who is driven to work “excessively and compulsively,” according to psychologists at Norway’s University of Bergen.

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