The BBC’s Click program covered the subject with their The Rise of Technology Addiction article that says “that the line between work and private life is much more blurred, now that e-mail and phones provide a 24-hour link between employers and staff.”

I’m still not really decided on the technology overload issue — but avoiding being “totally” connected 24/7 was one reason that I didn’t buy a Blackberry when I replaced my cell phone about 6 months ago. Working at a tech company, it’s a good bet that my next cell phone will be a Blackberry, but I’m not ready to take the plunge yet.


  • You’re not going for the Apple iPhone then? I’m actually torn between it and a Blackberry – I can see the advantages of having either, I guess i’ll wait for the final specs on the iPhone when it’s released over here.

    Regarding the work/home scenario – yes, it’s all to easy to e-mail home a spreadsheet or two and run through some figures, and i’ve said too many times already this year that i’ll “finish off something at home”. I’ll often be walking around the house with the laptop too, waiting for an e-mail while cooking…!

  • Drew Meyers

    James-
    I don’t see myself spending the $500 for an iPhone — there’s other things I can spend my money on (such as a weekend trip). I had my last cell phone for about 4 years before the battery finally wouldn’t stay on by itself and I HAD to replace it.

    Totally agree about the ease of taking work home — I’ve said the same thing numerous times. I find myself going through work e-mail at night on a regular basis. Even if I don’t respond at night, I’m at least checking to see if there’s anything urgent I need to attend to.

  • And, that is perfectly understandable. Not too long ago, cell phones were only available to those who could afford them. Nowadays, everyone has one. I totally agree that being reachable 24 hours a day is just too much.