Charts: How Work Email Has Taken Over Our Personal Lives

And what smart CEOs can do about it.

| Tue May 6, 2014 5:00 AM EDT

It's dinnertime, and you know it's just wrong to be checking your email. Your spouse and kids are giving you the stink-eye. But it'll just take a minute. One minute. Seriously. There's just this super-quick thing from the boss that you've gotta deal with.

American workers, especially white-collar workers, are becoming an army of smartphone addicts, and we beat ourselves up even as we indulge in the rudest of modern habits. But we're not entirely to blame for our weakness, as Clive Thompson reports in the latest issue of Mother Jones. Much of the encroachment of technology into our lives is driven by work, and workplace demands are escalating as a direct result of the so-called convenience that Steve Jobs has placed in our pockets. As Thompson notes in his must-read essay, "You could view off-hours email as one of the growing labor issues of our time." So here are a few stats that outline the issue, and one that suggests how smart companies might help address it.

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Image: grand canyon
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image: 75 thousand salary
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Image: sunset

Person in bed: Fuse/Thinkstock
Bed by Mister Pixel from The Noun Project
Silverware by Scott Lewis from The Noun Project
Grand canyon: Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock
Inbox and outbox by Simple Icons from The Noun Project
Earth: Nicemonkey/Shutterstock
iPhone by Marwa Boukarim from The Noun Project
Money: A|alexdndz/Thinkstock
Homework: AmmentorpDK/Thinkstock
Texting icon by Luis Prado from The Noun Project
Clock icons by christoph robausch from The Noun Project
Sunset: Robert Churchill/Thinkstock

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