A study published this week in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that female employees feel guilty about twice as often as men when they are reached by co-workers at home through electronic devices like the BlackBerry and iPhone or other contact, even if the communications did not affect family life, Health.com reported.
The survey, which included more than 1,000 U.S. workers, suggests that women feel 40 percent more distress than men when electronic devices and other contact frequently interrupts family life.
We examined the extent that work actually interfered, and our results were focused on controlling for all those factors,” said author Paul Glavin, who is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Toronto. At the end of the day, the only thing left was guilt, and thats where the distress came in. We can only speculate about why.”
Glavin said one theory to explain the guilt is that many woman still believe their priority is at home with the children. Theres still some way to go before we see equality of expectations in work and in family,” he said