A couple nights ago I talked to my husband on my personal cell phone about what we were planning for dinner while responding to a work email on my other phone. Do I really need to reply to marketing tonight while discussing hot dogs and carrot sticks? Then I rationalize, well, this is one less thing I’ll have to do in the morning as I head into another chockfull 10-hour day. Sound familiar?

Smartphones and notebook computers have been powered society toward immediate gratification beyond all reason. Combine that with continued economic distress that has pushed companies to freeze hiring or layoff employees so the work load on the thankful but nervous employees that remain has increased. And because so much information can be made available so immediately via the Internet, it’s easy to allow modern connectivity to manage us rather than the other way around.

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