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If you're among the 50% of us who check email from bed when we should be sleeping, then you know: We, as a society, are completely addicted to our email.

And you can chalk it up to dopamine -- the neurotransmitter that makes us keep doing stuff that feels rewarding. Back in the day, those were things like eating, or having a nice conversation.

But now, many psychologists believe that the brain can become addicted to other things, like the internet. That means getting unread email notifications can trigger the same dopamine path. So we repeatedly check it, hoping for the same reward.

Want to kick the habit? This infographic below from Headway Capital has some helpful tips. (And to make the most of your time, check out our free ebook, 27 Email Hacks That'll Make You More Productive.)


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Originally published Aug 24, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017

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