Most Interesting Non-TV Survey of the Day: Once Working Men and Working Women Get Home, Women Are Far More Stressed Than Men When Contacted About Work Related Issues by Co-Workers

Mar 11, 2011  •  Post A Comment

"In fact, when co-workers contacted them at home, women felt guilty about it twice as often as men, even if the communications didn’t actually interfere with family life. The survey, which included more than 1,000 U.S. workers, was published this week in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior."

So reports CNN.

The article also says, "[The] new study suggests that women feel 40% more distress than men when family life is frequently interrupted by electronic devices [such as PDAs] or other types of contact, despite being under the same amount of work pressure."

The story continues, "According to lead author Paul Glavin, a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Toronto, the researchers were surprised by the differences in how men and women responded emotionally, even when they were equally adept at managing home and work. The guilty feelings may explain why women feel more distress than men about being contacted at home, the researchers say."

To explain the difference between men and women in the survey, the story offers up this explanation, "One theory, says Glavin, is that while women’s work roles have dramatically changed, many still hold – perhaps subconsciously- the view that a woman’s priority is at home with her children."

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