Anxiety and paranoia are not feelings usually associated with surfing the web and catching up with friends over email, but according to research by free webmail provider GMX, more and more Brits are experiencing these feelings when it comes to personal emails.
The Personal Email Matters survey by GMX discovered that more than 40 percent of us feel guilty if we don't reply to emails from friends and family.
Email-related stress is a common problem in the workplace but it seems to be spilling over into our personal lives too.
"Our research shows that the pressure to keep on top of personal email is a major cause for concern for a great many Britons, who place a high importance on keeping in touch with friends and family," said Eva Heil, managing director GMX.
The research also revealed that on average we have two different personal emails accounts which are usually checked between two and three times a day.