Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Space Travel News .

SciTechTalk: All work and no play?
by Jim Algar
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 11, 2012

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Microsoft's confirmation of an Office Mobile app that will let users of iOS and Android devices view and edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel files on their mobile devices raises, if you're willing to give it some thought, a philosophical -- or perhaps at least sociological -- question.

Are we fast finding ourselves in a world where we are never not "at work?"

It's a question that perhaps surfaced with the "crackberry" phenomenon when young, eager business types would almost go into a panic and withdrawal if they suddenly found themselves disconnected from work email or unable to be instantly and electronically in touch with the "home office."

Businesses now seem happy to embrace BYOD -- the "bring your own device" policy that folds workers' own mobile devices into the work environment and its "all connected all the time" ecosystem.

"Taking work home" used to mean a folder in a briefcase that you'd look at once you arrived home after dinner with friends at a restaurant.

These days it is increasingly not just taking work home but taking work everywhere -- including the restaurant.

Watch a group of workers meeting after hours at the sushi bar, and note the chopsticks in one hand and the smartphone in the other.

Now, more than just emailing and texting, they may soon be truly "back at the office" once Microsoft's Office Mobile debuts.

And although Office Mobile for iOS and Android will be free, Microsoft is not being philanthropic.

Users can view their Word, PowerPoint and Excel files, but if they want to modify or edit them, they'll have pony up for a subscription to the full Microsoft Office suite in the cloud.

If they have, then suddenly remembering the "perfect word" they couldn't come up with when writing that business plan is no problem. Just put down the chopsticks and pick up the smartphone, call up the business plan, insert perfect word in paragraph 2, then go back to the California rolls.

No need to have taken a copy of the business plan home for later; you're at work wherever you are, for better or worse.

All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but an increasing number of Jacks -- and Jills -- seem unable to take themselves off the clock.

Of course, it's not just business types who experience nomophobia -- a term coined by British researchers to describe people who experienced anxiety when they had no access to mobile technology.

Surveys have found people ages 18 to 24 are the most dependent on mobile technology and the most likely to be uncomfortable if not connected to the umbilical cord that mobile devices have become.

And of course it's that age bracket that feeds the business world, taking their nomophobia with them.

It appears we're becoming a world that is always on Facebook, always texting, always blogging, always emailing and -- increasingly -- always working.

Is that good or bad? That's an argument for another time and place -- if we can manage to turn off our phones long enough to have it.


Related Links
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Japan's gadget failures: the futures that never happened
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 11, 2012
It gave us the Walkman, the pocket calculator and heated toilet seats, but Japan's path to innovative greatness is littered with failures such as the TV-shaped radio and the "walking" toaster. These and other retro appliances are part of a treasure-trove offering a glimpse of futures that never happened on Japan's journey to becoming a worldwide byword for invention during the late 1950s and ... read more

Arianespace's fourth Spaceport mission with Soyuz ready for fueling

Ariane 5's sixth launch of 2012

Ariane 5 is poised for Arianespace's launch with the EUTELSAT 21B and Star One C3 satellites

Ariane 5 orbits EUTELSAT 21B and Star One C3 satellites

Mars orbiter back online after system swap

What Arctic Rocks Say About Mars: An Interview with Hans Amundsen

More Driving And Imaging At 'Matijevic Hill'

Curiosity Team Switches Back to Earth Time

China's Chang'e-3 to land on moon next year

Moon crater yields impact clues

Study: Moon basin formed by giant impact

NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Gets Final Science Instrument Installed

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

At Pluto, Moons and Debris May Be Hazardous to New Horizons Spacecraft During Flyby

Sharpest-ever Ground-based Images of Pluto and Charon: Proves a Powerful Tool for Exoplanet Discoveries

The Kuiper Belt at 20: Paradigm Changes in Our Knowledge of the Solar System

Lost in Space: Rogue Planet Spotted?

Lowell Astronomer, Collaborators Point The Way For Exoplanet Search

Lonely planet: Orphan world spotted in deep space

Discovery of a Giant Gap in the Disk of a Sun-like Star May Indicate Multiple Planets

S.Korea postpones rocket launch: official

S.Korea urges Russia to send rocket parts swiftly

S. Korean space launch faces further delay

X-48 Blended Wing Body Research Aircraft Makes 100th Test Flight

Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

Comet collisions every 6 seconds explain 17-year-old stellar mystery

NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8

Ball Aerospace/B612 Foundation Sign Contract for Sentinel Mission

Scientists Monitor Comet Breakup

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement