The American workday is expanding

22News looked at how employees and students are spending their time differently

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) American workers are spending more time working; The Bureau of Labor Statistics found the average workday expanded by about an hour over the past decade. But that extra time working isn’t necessarily in the cubicle, or on the clock. And a lot of it has to do with technology.

“When we have dinner it’s difficult for us to let go of that cell phone because we’re so afraid we’re going to miss something. Between the cell phone and tablet, iPhone and laptop, we always want to stay connected,” said AIC sociology professor Sandra Alvarez.

This uneven work-life balance often begins before some people even land their first job.

“Free time is kind of something that I eliminated when I started school. You have that time out; you have those times to yourself where you can but it’s very few and far between. You have a lot of studying to do,” said psychology student Shameka Brice.

Alvarez said many workers feel they’re multitasking by taking calls or checking emails at night or on the weekends. But she encouraged people to think about the things they are missing: focused time with kids or pets, talking with their spouses, or enjoying other activities that help them unwind and relax.

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