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The technology era has come and is dismantling the once illustrious industrial era career – with instant access to any bit of information, accessibility to anyone anywhere and social media sites such as YouTube – providing people with new opportunities and resources to maintain a job, we have approached a scenario where humans have adapted to technology to an extent where the line of separation of peoples lives, such as work life and social life, have become obscure and dependent on technology.

balancing lifeThe term “presence creep” is used to explain the condition in which people do not separate their work life from the life they have outside work, work obligations have crept into home life. Gregg, M. studies the idea and condition of “presence creep” on a group people – with results reflecting the constant obligation and necessity of wanting to complete, find-out or, the expectation of maintaining a strong work ethic would be beneficial in the long run, the “long-run” being an expectation of future endeavours from the employee, not the employer. The results showing a strain on the performance of doing a job successfully reflects on amount of separation from work life and social life. The introduction of technology has given people the option to do their work (if physical presence is not a constant need) when there are hours that are suitable to the individual – much like myself being up at 2am writing this blog post as this time is beneficial for me being in a zone/state-of-mind that allows me to focus. Highlighted also in the following Ted Talk by Jason Fried “Why work doesn’t happen at work”

I include the Ted Talk as it mentions the environment in which work is built for does not reflect the environment in which people can work in, this idea that the behaviour that has been created by technology and the distraction or “flexibility” that technology allows can gives people the option to take their work home with them.

References:

Picture, balance, www.allcooltips.com

Gregg, M, ‘Function creep: Communication technologies and anticipatory labour in the information workplace.

 

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  1. I agree with you that the line of separation between home and the workplace has definitely been obscured by our apparent dependence on technology. Our constant connectedness that is supposed to empower us with flexibility and convenience has actually imprisoned us through our addiction to email and networking. Our loss of presence resultantly means that we – as Deuze puts it – ‘are connected to everything, but see nothing’. Whilst this flexibility has truly made our lives easier, we need to be careful not to let it dictate our lives, and let our presence bleed out.

  2. Presence Creep, can’t tell you how much I don’t enjoy saying those worlds, haha not. It’s such a shame that this is occuring in the our working and home environments now. The want to compete and the necessity to want to compete seems to me to be what is particularly disconcerting. I don’t know where it started this want to make competing a necessity, for all intensive purposes making competition a part of life is problematic. A driving force as strong as money shouldn’t need any help from a desire to be ahead of the game too. Being connected is important but when it goes before the necessity to be present in the people you care abouts lives, the necessity to compete seems like a necessity to ruin our mental states. Declaring home life a high prioirity and drawing lines where they need to be drawn, is an appropiate way to keep life going well and to foster healthier outcomes.

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