Thanks, iPad: Americans Work More Hours Than 5 Years Ago

With the bring your own device (BYOD) trend becoming more mainstream, the iPad, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and other tablets will have an increasingly important role in productivity for professionals. Already, mobile computing via smart devices has radically changed how we work, new research has revealed.

According to a survey from Kensington, American workers increasingly look at the home zone as an extension of the work arena. In another surprising statistic that shows just how plugged in users are into today’s technology, 40 percent admitted they check their email within 15 minutes of waking up in the morning. The survey also found that 34 percent of computer owners lock their devices at home.

More than 35 percent of respondents reported they are working more hours than they did five years ago, and 19 percent are working more than 50 hours per week. And, far from welcoming downtime, almost half (48 percent) feel they are least productive when commuting.

The announcement coincides with the fifth anniversary of the first sale of the original Apple iPad, which has had a dramatic impact on productivity in the workplace since its introduction on April 3, 2010.

“As the first company to introduce a keyboard case to enhance the productivity of the iPad, Kensington was interested to see how its customers felt their work lives had changed over the past five years,” the company said. “One of the most interesting findings revealed that despite all the technology advancements that have been achieved since 2010 to make people’s lives easier, it hasn’t translated into fewer working hours. In fact, technology may well be contributing to longer working hours.”

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