BlackBerries, iPhones, iPads and other devices are to blame for making women feel more guilty and distressed, a new study of mostly married men and women with children suggests [via CNN.com].
According to University of Toronto Sociology PhD candidate and lead author Paul Glavin, women surveyed felt 40% more distressed than men when family life is frequently interrupted by these electronic devices and other forms of communication. This is so despite having the same amount of work pressure.
The study of over 1000 respondents also showed that when co-workers contacted women at home, they felt guilty twice as often as men when contacted at home. Researchers were surprised by the differences between the emotional response between men and women even when all factors including ability to manage work and home life were held equal.
“We examined the extent that work actually interfered, and our results were focused on controlling for all those factors,” says Glavin. “At the end of the day, the only thing left was guilt, and that’s where the distress came in. We can only speculate about why.”
So why this difference in guilt? There is no definite answer, but Glavin says one theory is that society still holds, perhaps sub-consciously, the belief that women’s priority should still be the home with their children. In other words, mothers at home who get that work-related call may feel more guilty about handling it because it takes time away from their duties at home.
What do you think?