BlackBerry Users Work Longer and Earn More

According to a recent study, heavy users of BlackBerrys and other smartphones work harder and longer but make more money. Is the trade-off worth it?

February 22, 2007

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Sometimes, it's just nice to confirm the obvious.

Owners of BlackBerry and other smartphone devices typically work longer hours and make more money (in part due to the fact that execs tend to get new technology first), but are also deeply ambivalent about whether their devices are a boon to or a drag on their ability to be productive yet have a life.A recent study by Digital Life America, funded by Solutions Research Group, surveyed more than 2600 Americans by phone and online to get their thoughts on wireless devices.

Although smartphones let users get more work done outside the office, users said they still tend to work more hours, not fewer. Among smartphone owners, 19 percent said they work more than 50 hours per week, compared to an 11 percent average.

BlackBerry and other devices owners do, however, have a higher average income and education level--54 percent completed college and have an average income of $94,000, about 50 percent higher than the national U.S. average.

However, those surveyed seem split on whether an always-on lifestyle is a good thing. When asked whether "devices like BlackBerry chain you to work more than they liberate you," 33 percent agreed, 34 percent disagreed and 34 percent were neutral.

When asked to choose between time and money, 56 percent those who own a BlackBerry or a similar device chose 'time' and 44 percent chose money.

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