Oh my goodness gracious sakes alive! Did you know that reading emails or hunching over a screen can activate our fight-or-flight response??????
Linda Stone, a researcher , who has studied the physiological effects of Internet use has shown that about 80 percent of people temporarily stop breathing or breathe shallowly when they check their email or look at a screen. She calls this email apnea!
“The Web often has important content that requires action or a response — for example, an assignment from the boss or engagement photos from a close friend — so people anticipate this and hold their breath as they look at their screens.”
“. . . breath-holding sets off a physiological cascade that prepares the body to face potential threats or anticipate surprises. Constantly activating this physical response can have negative health consequences, Stone said.