E-mail, decisional styles, and rest breaks

James Robert Baker, James Gavin Phillips

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E-mail is a common but problematic work application. A scale was created to measure tendencies to use e-mail to take breaks (e-breaking); and self-esteem and decisional style (vigilance, procrastination, buck-passing, hypervigilance) were used to predict the self-reported and actual e-mail behaviors of 133 participants (students and marketing employees). Individuals who were low in defensive avoidance (buck-passing) engaged in more e-mailing per week, both in time spent on e-mail and message volume. E-breakers were more likely to engage in behavioral procrastination and spent more time on personal e-mail.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705 - 708
Number of pages4
JournalCyberpsychology and Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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