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For smartphone users, work creeps into everything

July 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM ET

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For workers with mobile e-mail access, work is creeping into everything.

We do it in bed. We do it at the dinner table. We even do it on family outings.

Workers with mobile access admit they check their work e-mail pretty much all the time.

A new survey of 1,000 working adults with mobile e-mail access finds that those who have the ability to check in on work in their off hours are doing so. A lot.

The poll was conducted last May by OnePoll for an e-mail security company called Good Technology.

It found that 50 percent of full-time workers with a smartphone are checking their work e-mail while they're still in bed, and 69 percent won’t go to sleep without checking their work e-mail.

More than half – 57 percent – said they are checking work e-mails while on family outings, and 38 percent said they check work e-mails at the dinner table.

The work creep isn’t entirely optional. Almost half said they feel they have no choice but to stay connected during off hours because their customers demand it.

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