BlackBerry users achieve more
February 21, 2007 at 7:15 am · Filed under Software
Are devices like BlackBerrys actually chaining Americans to their work instead of liberating them? - One of the questions that this online survey could answer:
In an online survey sample of 1,600 “nationally representative” Americans between June and September of last year, Digital Life America asked respondents whether devices like the BlackBerry “chain you to work more than they liberate you.” The results were split exactly three ways: a third agreed, a third remained neutral, and a third disagreed. Among just those who own a BlackBerry-like device, the results were also almost equally divided, with 34 percent agreeing and 37 percent disagreeing.
Regardless of how users felt, though, survey results showed that those who owned a BlackBerry were, in fact, more likely to work long hours than those who didn’t. 19 percent of BlackBerry-owning survey respondents reportedly worked more than 50 hours a week, compared to only 11 percent of the general population. A higher percentage of BlackBerry owners also felt that they didn’t have enough personal time in their lives—53 percent, compared to the 40 percent average. Finally, the average household income of BlackBerry owners was nearly 50 percent higher than the national average, at about $94,000, indicating that those who own BlackBerry-like devices may share some more overachieving (or is that overworking?) personality traits.