Why does email get such a bad rep for information overload?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Email has a bad reputation for being the main cause of information overload; just look at the massive amounts of articles and studies devoted to the topic: According to a 2012 report from consulting firm McKinsey, reading and answering emails constitutes 28 per cent of an employee’s weekly work tasks. In a study of office workers in the U.K. a psychiatrist found that the average worker’s IQ fell by 10 points when they were distracted by email messages while working, the equivalent of missing an entire night of sleep.