How Work Email Has Taken Over Our Personal Lives

Posted By Levi

May 15th, 2014 8:02pm

Category: Uncategorized

Mother Jones has this interesting article about how emails have taken over our personal lives and how many of us have become slaves to our smartphones.

He points to research that shows that

• 60 percent of smartphone-using professionals kept in touch with work for a full 13.5 hours per day, and then spent another 5 hours juggling work email each weekend. That’s 72 hours a week of job-related contact.

• 68 percent checked work email before 8 a.m., 50 percent checked it while in bed, and 38 percent “routinely” did so at the dinner table.

• People who make more than $75,000 per year are more likely to fret that their phone makes it impossible for them to stop thinking about work.

Over time, the creep of off-hours messages from our bosses and colleagues has led us to tolerate these intrusions as an inevitable part of the job, which is why it’s so startling when an employer is actually straightforward with his lunatic demands, as with the notorious email a Quinn Emanuel law partner sent to his underlings back in 2009: “Unless you have very good reason not to (for example when you are asleep, in court or in a tunnel), you should be checking your emails every hour.”

Email survey

Email survey

Read the rest of the article here.

 

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