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Monday, 29th September 2008

Networked Workers: Most workers use the internet or email at their jobs, but they say these technologies are a mixed blessing for them

Networked Workers: Most workers use the internet or email at their jobs, but they say these technologies are a mixed blessing for them

The majority of employed adults (62%) use the internet or email at their job, and many have cell phones and Blackberries that keep them connected even when they are not at work.

Working Americans express mixed views about the impact of technology on their work lives. On the one hand, they cite the benefits of increased connectivity and flexibility that the internet and all of their various gadgets afford them at work. On the other hand, many workers say these tools have added stress and new demands to their lives.

One of the major impacts of the internet and cell phones is that they have enabled more people to do work at least occasionally from home. Some 45% of employed Americans report doing at least some work from home and 18% of working Americans say they do job-related tasks at home almost daily.

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Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project


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