Mobile traffic is rising, but is it fuelling a workforce that never stops?
This week NovaLoca released research that highlighted a shift in the way that people are searching for commercial property.
Not only do 40% of all searches now come from portable devices, but there has also been a growing trend of people using smartphones and tablets to search for property on weekends.
In a world where everyone has a smartphone in their pocket and most have a tablet too, it comes as no surprise to see the influence of mobile devices growing and taking traffic away from computers.
However, it does raise questions over whether we truly switch off after work in the information age. With emails, research and business tools easily accessible from our pocket technology, people are feeling more compelled to work outside of normal hours.
It is certainly something causing concern around the world, with some bodies looking to combat employees working too much and too late, as seen by the French labour agreement to limit out of office emails earlier this year.
The increase in searches for commercial property on weekends suggests that for many people, business is still very much on the brain, even on Saturdays and Sundays. What’s more, with the convenience of portable technology and mobile responsive websites, it’s incredibly easy to do a quick search and send an enquiry.
It seems that switching off at the end of the day, or end of the week, is becoming increasingly difficult. Whether we are at home, or on our holidays, there is always the chance of an incoming emails or the back of the mind temptation to do a little bit of work; all made possible of course, by the little computers in our pockets.
Sometimes working from home is inevitable and required, but the culture of having work on the brain at all hours is a growing concern. It may be that the only real way for us to switch off in 2014, is to switch our phones off too.
Do you switch off after work, or are you likely to be sending emails when you get home? Leave a comment below and let us know!