The lines between work and home have blurred. Technology that was supposed to make life easier has affected our ability to balance life at home with obligations at work. Cell phones vibrate all the time, day and night, and they demand our attention. Our minds have become attuned to the chirps and vibrations of our devices. So much so that some experience a physiological phenomenon called Phantom Vibration Syndrome where they reach for their pocket sensing the vibration of their cell phone only to find that it was not vibrating at all.
Professionals today feel pressure to be the first to arrive at work and the last to leave. That often means saying goodbye to the kids as they’re getting out of bed, and hello to them as they’re climbing back into bed. Often, vacation time goes unused. When we do go on vacation we’re never more than a text, email or phone call away.