According to a Motorola sponsored study, the growing use of smartphones is making a good work-life balance much more difficult to achieve. According to their study results, nearly half of survey respondents said “they’ve been woken at night by a work call, text or email.” Fifty-three percent said they’ve checked work emails while on vacation and half said they’ve “friended” co-workers and associates on social network sites.
Testimony to the increasing invasiveness and hectic pace inherent in a digitally networked society. Other research findings include:
- 14% of respondents have responded to a work email while in bed;
- 30% have used their smartphones to text, play a game, listen to music or watch a video during a work meeting;
- 15% have accidentally emailed or texted a personal note to a work colleague, customer or client from a smartphone;
- 20% have used their mobiles for business while drinking after business hours or on the weekend.
Interestingly enough, Motorola is using these survey results to, you guessed it, market a smartphone – the CLIQ 2. Apparently, it’s supposed to help bring your work and life priorities back into balance. Quite ironic.