Are you breathing while emailing or Twittering?

Linda Stone, continuous partial attention researcher

Linda Stone is a former executive who worked at Apple and Microsoft. Has been doing all sorts of research over the years and is probably most famous for coming up with the term “continuous partial attention.” Which, basically, explains our behavior while using Twitter.

Lately she’s been writing about a new problem she noticed: email apnea.

Today we met up where she told me more about her observations on this topic (that’s her in the picture above).

What is it?

Well, she noticed that most people stop breathing when doing email. She explained to me today that that behavior is fascinating her and that she’s theorizing that it causes stress, among other things.

I’m noticing that I stop breathing when blogging. How about you?

She suggested a few things to try.

1. Change your posture. She said that people who compute while standing up breathe more often.
2. Get exercise. She said that those who exercise seem to breathe better in stressful situations.
3. Be aware and check in with yourself to see if you’re breathing normally. She said there are some devices coming soon where you can play a game with yourself to keep your breathing up to a normal rate.

She is now writing for the Huffington Post and in her post about email apnea rambled out a bunch of bad things that can happen to you due to not breathing well.

This is one reason why I made it my life goal to have an interesting conversation every day with someone smart. If I hadn’t made time for Linda I probably would never have thought about this or known about it.

So, are you breathing deeply right now?

54 thoughts on “Are you breathing while emailing or Twittering?

  1. I stumbled upon this blog because I noticed the exact same behavior and decided to google it to see if anybody else had noticed it. Linda Stone is onto something. The rewards of looking at yourself and becoming more conscious are extensive. This recognition that Linda also made is one fruit from the tree of HEALTHY self awareness.

  2. I stumbled upon this blog because I noticed the exact same behavior and decided to google it to see if anybody else had noticed it. Linda Stone is onto something. The rewards of looking at yourself and becoming more conscious are extensive. This recognition that Linda also made is one fruit from the tree of HEALTHY self awareness.

  3. I love this concept… and I think in modern times we could even expand on it.

    For example, addition to email apnea, blog apnea and (of all things) Twitter apnea, we could include some of the following:

    T.V. apnea – do you breath well when watching drama or suspense on T.V.?

    Auto apnea – how about when you’re stuck in traffic?

    Deadline apnea – facing a looming deadline creates tension and often we forget to breath well during those times…

    eBay apnea – bidding on something you really want? Be sure to breathe!

    As you can see, the possibilities are practically endless!

    Thanks for the great post!

    Dr. Bruce Eichelberger, OMD
    http://SecretsOfQigong.com

  4. I love this concept… and I think in modern times we could even expand on it.

    For example, addition to email apnea, blog apnea and (of all things) Twitter apnea, we could include some of the following:

    T.V. apnea – do you breath well when watching drama or suspense on T.V.?

    Auto apnea – how about when you’re stuck in traffic?

    Deadline apnea – facing a looming deadline creates tension and often we forget to breath well during those times…

    eBay apnea – bidding on something you really want? Be sure to breathe!

    As you can see, the possibilities are practically endless!

    Thanks for the great post!

    Dr. Bruce Eichelberger, OMD
    http://SecretsOfQigong.com

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