SCIENTISTS: DAILY COMMUTES SHOULD COUNT AS PART OF THE WORKING DAY
Commuting can be really time consuming, and now scientists argue that your commutes should could as part of your work day.
University of West England surveyed 5,000 train passengers commuting on the London to Birmingham and London to Aylesbury routes over a 40-week period during which time Wi-Fi access was incrementally improved on the trains. Researchers found that as the Wi-Fi access improved, commuters began extending their working hours via their laptops and smartphones. Fifty-four percent surveyed said they sent work emails, and that jumped to 60 percent when faster Wi-Fi speeds were offered by the train operator.
Study co-author Dr. Juliet Jain says mobile access to work has caused a 'blurring of boundaries' between work and home life, and she said in a press conference, "There's a real challenge in deciding what constitutes work."