Smartphones Extend Our Workdays by Two Hours [VIDEO]

Joann Pan

With smartphones and gadgets in hand, we're having a hard time dropping our work load when 5 p.m. rolls around.

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Even after an average 9- to 10-hour work day, UK office employees report checking emails and taking work-related calls after hours, according to a study by British tech retailer Pixmania. Having constant access to our mobile communication streams tacks on an extra two hours of work a day.

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“The advent of smartphones has had a massive benefit for people all over the UK," Ghadi Hobeika, marketing director of Pixmania.com, said. "However, there are drawbacks. Smartphones mean that people literally cannot get away from work."

About 1 in 10 people report spending an extra three hours our of work checking emails and taking calls. Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents start work correspondence as soon as they wake up, at around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m., and before they go to bed, around 11 p.m. or midnight. For some, it's a never-ending cycle because having a smartphone makes them feel like they are on-call all the time.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.