Why new technology makes us work more

New technology has yet to make the commute to work superfluous, but it has allowed jobs to encroach on our leisure time. Despite the blessings, information and communications technology (ICT) has led to expectations that we stay available for tasks after working hours. The barrier between working hours and leisure time has been severely ruptured. Not that we don’t work from home – we work more now during off-hours, without any pay. Swedish researchers have glimpsed part of the reason. In a study they have found that the shackles that tie us to the office are strong social norms. “The main reason lies in the formidable social norms which stress the importance of being on the premises,” says Kristina Trygg, a researcher in cultural geography at Stockholm University.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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