Guru Podcast Season 1 Episode 4: Living a life without emails

Could you survive without emails?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s tough to imagine life without emails. But what would it be like if you turned them off? In this episode, Jon, Ross and Dr Stu look at what happened when a group of office workers did just that. It’s a thought-provoking episode in which Dr Stu offers some timesaving advice to reduce your email stress. Plus, Artem Cheprasov gets a bit controversial as he takes you on a journey called ‘When Darwin met Jesus’. So turn off your email notifications and turn on this week’s podcast!

You’ve (not) got mail

Is Email Dead?No one can deny that emails are a highly effective way of keeping in touch. But when three quarters of all emails get checked within six seconds, it makes you wonder if the ‘ping’ telling you another email has hit your inbox is always a good thing. In 2012, Gloria Mark and her colleagues at the University of California turned off the emails of 13 workers. They monitored their work activity and measured their stress levels. Find out what happened.

In this episode’s middle segment, Animal Guru, Artem Cheprasov, looks at the science vs. religion divide. He explains why atheists and fundamentalists really should stop bickering and realise that they’ve got more in common than they think…

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Mark G, Voida S and Cardello, A. (2012) A Pace Not Dictated by Electrons”: An Empirical Study of Work Without Email. CH’12 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems pp 555-564

Reduce email stress tips: Mindful Technology: Simplify Email & Reduce Inbox Stress

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Article by Stuart Farrimond

December 22, 2013

Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
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