In our online life, there’s a lot of stress that comes from interacting with others and interacting with technology, but a lot more on- the-job anxiety.
We tend to forget about our on-job stresses and instead focus on the online ones.
That means we are more susceptible to online stress.
It can be as simple as forgetting to take your phone with you, or as serious as a stressful work environment where you’re constantly reminded of how difficult it is to meet deadlines and what a hassle it is not to be online.
It’s not just on- job stress that we’re likely to have, either.
A new study from the University of Arizona and Harvard Business School finds that people tend to be more stressed when they work online than offline.
Researchers from the UA’s School of Management, the University and Harvard surveyed more than 5,000 online and offline workers to understand their levels of stress, and what makes them more or less stressed.
They found that on- and off-site stress are the most prevalent factors, and they tend to have the highest stress-related outcomes.
In other words, stress is most prevalent when there is high-stakes competition, and this can be exacerbated in an online workplace.
The researchers looked at the work-related stressors workers experienced when they worked on websites, in email, on forums, and online chats.
They focused on the work environment itself, not the types of things workers talked about on their social media accounts.
The researchers used the “self-report” method to determine stress levels, which is a way of estimating the level of stress.
They looked at two different types of work- related stressors: stress that is associated with being on-site, and stress that occurs when workers are offline.
The study found that people who worked on- site tended to be the most stressed, while people who were on- or off- site were the least stressed.
The study also found that the types and severity of stress workers experienced were largely independent of each other, with higher stress being more common for people who work on-sites.
This is the first study to show that on the job, stress isn’t just about what you’re doing on a computer, it’s about the stress you’re putting on yourself.