Whether viewed as an employee perk or mental health hazard, personal work phones have quickly become a defining feature of the modern workplace. Of course, it didn’t always used to be this way. Our perception of phones was entirely different only a decade or so ago. Back then, we treated them as an accessory used to serve a specific purpose, like a watch or wallet. We’d only take our phones out to make a call, arrange a lift or find out why someone was late. Even the most advanced models – such as the classic corporate BlackBerry – were limited to basic email access on the go.
Mobile technology and Internet connectivity have evolved rapidly since then, changing the face of work and society as we know it. We now use mobile devices incessantly, whether calling, texting, reading emails, sharing files, scanning news stories or browsing social media. For many, phones are no longer just another accessory; they have become the centre of our personal universe.
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