Media Use and Well-Being at the Work–Home Interface

Authored by: Sabine Sonnentag , Alexander Pundt

The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138886582
eBook ISBN: 9781315714752
Adobe ISBN: 9781317501954


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Work and home are two core life domains for many people. While, until the 18th century, work and non-work life were closely intertwined for many, during industrialization work and home life became increasingly separated, in terms of both location and time. There were places for work (e.g., factories, offices) and places for life outside work (e.g., private homes); there were times for work (i.e., working time regulated by laws and labor agreements) and times for non-work activities (i.e., time devoted to home life). During recent decades, this clear separation between work and non-work life has begun to disappear again. Increasingly more people continue to work when at home, but also attend to non-work matters when at work. Modern technology helps stay connected with one’s work while at home – and vice versa. Of course, technological progress is not the only reason for this de-separation between work and non-work life (Allen, Cho, & Meier, 2014), but it supports this trend by enabling people to use online media and other technologies anywhere and anytime.

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