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Checking the Smart Phone is Like Breathing

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Smart phones are part of us now. You probably always have it with you, and checking work email on it might be second nature.

Did you know that’s adding up to a ton of overtime? Click and see how many people HAVE to check their email on their smart phone before going to bed. We never really get a break.

Good Technology surveyed working adults in the US and found more than 80 percent of people continue working when they have left the office, for an average of seven extra hours each week.

That’s almost a full day of work extra each week, and it adds up to close to 30 hours a month. And let me guess, you’ll still be checking email on the 4th of July, even though most offices are closed. Me too.

Do we give it a rest at the dinner table? Not really. The survey says about four in ten people check email while eating dinner with family. And five in ten check email while still in bed in the morning. Don’t wanna know that! I like to think you’re freshly showered, teeth are brushed, and you don’t have bed head.

One observation about East Texas….we might not rely on smart phones as much as other places. Do you think we’re better at putting the phone down, taking a break, and having some fun? Are the big cities the worst offenders when it comes to needing the smart phone connections?

At least on the 4th of July we can attempt to take a break from work. We’ll still need the phone to text friends to see where they’re watching the fireworks, but at least it won’t be work related!

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