AUSTRALIANS are starting to put limits on the intrusion of work technology into their private lives, according to new research.
Microsoft and Ipsos has released a white paper entitled 'Life on Demand' that suggests while technology's march into every aspect of our lives continues unabated, we are now consciously setting limits.
Interestingly the cyber generation, the so called millennial's aged between 18-35 years who have grown up with the internet are spearheading the call for a new phase of tech-etiquette and reinstating some balance in their lives.
The research uncovered that one in five take 'no contact - time-out' breaks from technology to 'switch off,' while the same number make time for meditation to help them 'power down' - utilising both meditation apps and fitness classes.
Ubiquitous connection is now the norm for the majority of Australians, with 82% of Australians using at least one form of smart device (smartphone or tablet).
26% of Australians work from anywhere which has more than doubled in the last five years.
This, alongside the way we use devices, has fast forwarded the consumer behaviour change so prevalent in Australian society.
The ability to manage and control our "Life on Demand" is at the forefront of the new skillset Australians are devising for themselves across every age group, and in every aspect of our lives.
Work and play are completely interchangeable in our day - no matter what time it is, we maximise every spare moment, whether it's for life admin, work or leisure.
Key insights include:
- 30% are checking work emails on devices at home before they leave for work, 23% are doing work activities while they are socialising with their friends
- One in five take 'no contact - time-out' breaks from technology to 'switch off,' while the same number make time for meditation to help them 'power down' - utilising both meditation apps and fitness classes
- 26% of Australians work from anywhere which has more than doubled in the last five years.
- 73% of Aussies believe technology has made their life easier - 61% use banking apps, 41% use messaging apps, 29% use health & fitness apps and 25% use apps for grocery shopping
- 72% felt devices had created a culture of 'right now,' believing that others expect an instant response to their emails and texts.
- 71% get irritated when family/friends use their phones when they're talking to them and 79% of people think it's rude to text when you're with family and friends
But all that work is not at the expense of our leisure.
- 53% of Australians play while at work, dipping in and out of gaming, video, online shopping, browsing blogs and social media.
- 65% of people use productivity apps to get things done across their day and 73% of Aussies believe technology has made their life easier.
Steven Miller, head of Microsoft Office division commented: "One of the most interesting things about these findings is the amazing array of activities people are doing on their devices. They work, play, talk, create, share, collaborate, research, watch, listen, they manage - the list goes on.
"When you think about it, this is a significant departure from how we lived life in the very recent past, where people's activities were predictably tied to specific times and places and where they used specific devices for specific tasks.
"Our devices have become much more than just utility products, they're the nerve centres of our lives.
"We watch how people navigate their day and work to remove the friction and frustrations that keep them from doing even more in both their personal and professional lives.
"The balance we individually find with technology is personal to our own individual needs which is why we need to create a user experience you can make uniquely you and fit into your increasingly fluid life"
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