Addicted To Email? Sue Your Boss!
from the make-it-stop dept
For many years now, we've covered the joy with which the press loves to cover researchers and psychologists naming just about everything an addiction. When you look at the details, few of them represent actual addictions -- but most represent attempts by psychologists to cash in on treating people who surf the web or play video games too much, rather than helping people with more serious problems. One of the more popular ones, of course is email addiction, which has been suggested many times. However, some business professors have a new take on it. After putting together a study suggesting that "the fast and relentless pace of technology-enhanced work environments creates a source of stimulation that may become addictive..." they then suggest it may represent a legal liability for companies. Yes, they expect that people will start suing companies over their email addiction. This certainly brings a different take on the whole issue of work-life balance. It seems pretty difficult to believe a court would take such a lawsuit seriously. However, now that the idea is out there, expect someone to at least try -- like the guy a few years back who sued his cable company for making his family fat and lazy.