Apparently a lot of Australians feel that they can’t do without their phones and the majority of Aussies feel that mobile phones have helped to balance their family and working lives.
A newly released study conducted by leading social researchers from Australian National University, the University of New England and the University of New South Wales found that only 3% of people reported that the mobile phone had a negative impact on their work-life balance.
The preliminary results of the three-year project found that the mobile phone is an indispensable part of the Australian life, with more than 90% of respondents reporting that their lives could not “proceed as normal” without their mobiles.
It seems that we like keeping in touch with family and friends via mobile technology. While many people would claim that their mobile phone is a work tool, the majority of calls from mobiles are to people outside of our working lives.
Among other key findings is that fact we feel a lot more secure with a mobile in our pocket or purse.
• Mobiles predominantly used for contacting family and friends.
• Half of employed respondents thought that mobiles increase their workload. This is offset by productivity gains with over half (55%) of employed respondents indicating that job-related mobile calls increase their productivity.
• Carrying a mobile phone makes most people (75%) feel more secure.
• Few respondents (4%) report that the mobile reduces the quality of their leisure time.
I don’t use my mobile phone a lot but I do feel a lot more comfortable being able to contact Pauline if I’m running late or if I have a major mechanical issue while I’m out cycling. If I had to give up my phone I’d still cope but it is nice to have it.
So what about you? Do you find your phone helps you to develop relationships? Do you feel safer having access to a phone? Does a mobile phone increase your productivity at work?
Posted by Rodney Olsen
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