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Out of work, out of mind? Smartphone use and work-life boundaries

Collins, EIM; Cox, AL; Wootton, R; (2015) Out of work, out of mind? Smartphone use and work-life boundaries. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction , 7 (3) pp. 67-77. 10.4018/ijmhci.2015070105. Green open access

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Abstract

Smartphones are now ubiquitous and valuable in many professions and yet have also been blamed for creating an 'always on' culture, blurring boundaries between work and home. Research has shown that checking e-mails out-of-hours via computer makes workers feel more overloaded with work but also increases their sense of coping. A total of 94 participants completed a survey exploring whether the same pattern would emerge for accessing e-mail on smartphones, showing that those who use smartphones for work e-mail experienced lower levels of overload, but not coping, and push notifications were associated with greater use of smartphones for e-mail. However, there were no significant correlations between coping or overload and e-mail use or quantity, suggesting that lower overload is not due to the ability to processes or read more e-mails outside of work.

Type: Article
Title: Out of work, out of mind? Smartphone use and work-life boundaries
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4018/ijmhci.2015070105
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/ijmhci.2015070105
Language: English
Additional information: This paper appears in the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, authored by Emily Collins, Anna Cox and Ruby Wootton. Copyright © 2015, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1451462
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