May 18, 2009
How the mobile phone became an 'instrument for life'
The apparent scourge of the 24/7 lifestyle, the mobile phone, keeps users "perpetually available" but does not make people any more rushed or pressured for time, according to a study of more than 1000 workers. The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Indeed, it may even relieve stress, as "dead time" — for example, waiting for the late morning train — can be revived by making a call to mum or scouting a work contact, the research suggests.
An analysis of more than 20,000 calls and texts logged by participants confirms the device originally marketed as a business tool has become an instrument for life.
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