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Part VII: Coping at Home > Balancing Work and Home Life

Chapter 38. Balancing Work and Home Life

Do you eat data for breakfast? Do you reach for your phone to listen to voice mail even before your reach for your spouse/child/dog/coffee? Is your home or home office starting to look like a branch of a “big box” electronics store? At night, do you and the members of your household spend more time in front of separate screens (television, computer, video, etc.) than interacting with one another or with friends? Have you ever neglected to pay a bill because it got buried and forgotten under a pile of catalogs, newspapers, or magazines? Do you feel you never really relax anymore? Have you forgotten the last time you awoke feeling really rested?

If you answered yes to any—or all—of these questions, you are not alone. Perhaps nowhere are the effects of information anxiety being felt more acutely than at home, where people used to spend their time off enjoying some well-earned “R&R.” Today, with technology—thus, information—invading the home as much as everywhere else, people are finding it more difficult to separate their “outside” lives from their “inside” lives.


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