Phones and tablets lengthen the working day

Workaholics spending more time at work via their mobile devices

October 31, 2012

A new study has suggested that people who have mobile devices capable of connecting to the Internet – smartphones and tablets – spend a lot of time checking for messages every day, adding as much as two hours to the working day, in fact.

The study, commissioned by Pixmania (and reported on by the Telegraph), found that on average users check their smartphone/tablet for new mails twenty times per day.

Researchers reckon that while the average working day in the office might be 9 or 10 hours long, that’s extended by a further two hours making work phone calls or sending work emails away from the office.

Indeed, 10 per cent of folks admitted spending up to three hours checking work emails, either via a smartphone or PC.

Two-thirds of people check their emails first thing in the morning, and last night before going to bed – a recipe for a good night’s sleep if you receive a worrying message, that’s for sure.

Everyone needs to take a deep breath, relax, and forget about work when they’re not at the office (or equivalent).


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