Meanwhile, government data from 2011 says 35 percent of us work on weekends, and those who do average five hours of labor, often without compensation—or even a thank you. The other 65 percent were probably too busy to answer surveyors' questions.And, for those of us who are ostensibly "off work" this weekend, there is always that leash that ties us to our employer, the smartphone. This device tugs at our belt, keeps us connected to the outside world, hampers our free time, and intrudes on our personal lives in ways that we don't often realize.
"It's like an arms race … everything is an emergency," said Tanya Schevitz, spokeswoman for Reboot, an organization trying help people unplug more often. "We have created an expectation in society that people will respond immediately to everything with no delay. It's unhealthy, and it's unproductive, and we can't keep going on like this."Like most of us, my smartphone is at my side almost constantly. The convenience of having it on my belt is also a hindrance, because people can get in touch with me. In our increasingly connected lives, finding time to decompress is increasingly difficult, because we're always connected. Many companies and agencies buy smartphones for their employees, with the expectation that the employee will answer the phone if called. That's a burden. I'm fortunate that I don't have an agency phone. I don't want the burden of being that closely connected to the office. Lots of folks don't have that choice.