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Does Technology Ease Work?

81% of U.S. professionals say they work harder today than they did five years ago–because of technology. —Entrepreneur Magazine

I seem to recall that when the “computer age” hit the main stream we were told that our work would get much easier. Computers would do all the work; we would become a paperless society and the 30-hour (or less) workweek was just around the corner. What happened?

Well, if we take a look at the typical U.S. Professional’s inventory of time-consuming technology, would we find?

  • Multiple computers–at work and home (including a laptop they lug back and forth to work).
  • Backlogs of emails on their computers–much of it spam or just unnecessary.
  • Skype–with video, so they can see callers when they chat.
  • Several social media accounts on their computers, or iPhone, or Blackberry.
  • Multiple cell phones (at least one of which is an iPhone, Blackberry, or other media phone).
  • Backlogs of text messages.
  • MP3 players (at least 2)
  • Multiple televisions (at least one HD).
  • DVR’s.
  • DVD/VCR players (with all the associated media to catalog)
  • Wiis.
  • Video game players (and the required latest game).
  • Kindle, or other book reader.
  • Fax machine (they still seem to be a necessity).
  • Miscellaneous gadget accessories.
  • The next new gadget that comes along…

Then, of course, there is the whole social media gambit. This technological arena consumes more and more of a person’s time, and today much of it is business related, so now it is nearly impossible to know when this activity is necessary for work or just another meaningless demand on an already overloaded schedule.

Many of the technical gadgets allow their owners to use them like an extension of their office–ergo; their owners never “leave the office.” Consequently, it is difficult to tell whether a person is “working” at home or just interacting with more technical gadgets.

No wonder so many U.S. professionals work harder today than they did five years ago–technology has stolen part of their daily lives.

Does anyone relate to this situation?