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How many times should you check your email?

Finally, researchers found out how many times you should check your email per day so that you won’t become stressed. According to scientific studies, constantly checking your emails can become an addictive habit that can stress you without you even understanding the true reason for your state of mind.

According to Mashable, in fact, the researches found out that there is a specific number of times the email should be checked during the day so that one would not become stressed. The study was conducted by making a survey on 124 adults.

The researchers asked the subjects to limit checking their email to three times a day for an entire week. For the second week, the participants were told to check their email as many times as they could. After this test, the participants were asked to fill a certain questionnaire to see their state of mind during the two weeks of test. They found out that the less frequent they checked their email, the happier they were throughout the day.

The results showed that while the average person checks email 15 times a day, the study suggests three times is the right amount to keep added stress away. The experts explained that the cause of stress was switching between tasks, as the mind had to realign the attention and the emotions every time it changed focus. However, the experts stated that asking people to limit their email checks could also cause some initial stress, considering that, for example, 92% of US adults use email to communicate with others.

The email can also help people feel connected, especially from the moment the smartphones become a must have gadget.

“Most participants in our study found it quite difficult to check their email only a few times a day,” lead author Kostadin Kushlev, a PhD candidate at UBC’s Dept. of Psychology, said in a statement. “This is what makes our obvious-in-hindsight findings so striking: People find it difficult to resist the temptation of checking email, and yet resisting this temptation reduces their stress.” Instead of responding to emails one by one as they roll in, a workaround to reduce stress might be setting aside certain times of the day (perhaps morning, afternoon and night) to tend to messages. This may help email users feel more in control of the flow and need not to switch between tasks as much.

European Parliament study looks at security and suggests European clouds

A recent study titled “Fighting cyber crime and protecting privacy in the cloud” conducted for the European Parliament deals with cloud security. Currently, the EU framework on cloud computing in relation to cybercrime lacks a clear sense of direction, priorities and practical coordination. The study thus strongly underlines that the challenge of privacy in a cloud context is underestimated, if not ignored.
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The study addresses the challenges raised by the growing reliance on cloud computing. It starts by investigating the issues at stake and explores how the EU is addressing the identified concerns. The study then examines the legal aspects in relation to the right to data protection, the issues of jurisdiction, responsibility and regulation of data transfers to third countries. These questions have been neglected in EU policies and strategies, despite very strong implications on EU data sovereignty and the protection of citizens’ rights.

The study recommends several steps. It states that “in the area of cloud computing, it is high time that the EU clarifies what it is that EU bodies should be predominantly concerned with in the first place.” Another suggestion is that the EU needs an industrial policy for autonomous capacity in Cloud computing. The DG INFSO Communication of October 2012 is on this matter not in tune with the challenges analysed in this study. They suggest that a target that by 2020, 50% of EU public services should be running on Cloud infrastructure solely under EU jurisdictional control.