A 2008 Pew Networked Workers survey showed that we tend to send emails and perform other work tasks when sick or on vacation. It also found that nearly half of Internet-connected workers say that this technology increases stress levels in their jobs, creates demands to work longer hours, and simultaneously makes it harder to disconnect from work.
Additionally, a University of Texas at Austin study released last year showed that 30% of telecommuters work five to seven hours longer than those who work in an office.
Dr. Sharon Melnick, a psychologist who specializes in stress resilience and the author of
Success Under Stress
says that by being engaged 24/7, we are increasing our likelihood of health concerns including anxiety, poor sleep, and obesity. What’s more, we are exhausting our bodies when we don’t fully disengage from work.