You come back from work, after a day glued to a computer: doing reports, analyzing graphics and charts, trudging through endless emails. And now you are finally home! You have your dinner, do your exercises, try to relax, kiss the kids good night, brush your teeth and even watch a little TV show, if any. Then, you pick up your trusty companion: the phone, computer or web enabled device...There's always something there to check, whether Facebook or Twitter, a comment you made on Unplggd or even a forum question that you are checking for responses. You may spend between half an hour to an hour (or even more) getting your updates, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The next morning, after you wake up, even before brushing you teeth, you pick up your phone again and the ritual starts again: eBay, Flickr, YouTube... this is not the normal search for information to make you proactive on your morning, this is entertainment.
Wired recently ran a piece about an addicted gamer who is suing a game maker under a negligence lawsuit. According to the allegation, the man became so addicted, he is “unable to function independently" in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends. While we think that's a little extreme and not healthy, you can clearly see the repercussions of situations out of control.
We are using the same tools designed for work to play and relax, blurring the lines between professional lives and our privates ones.
Are you one of us? Or do you have a quiet time (device wise) after your long day?