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Work‐Related ICT Use and the Dissolution of Boundaries Between Work and Private Life

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Abstract:  Information and communication technologies (ICTs) promote flexible forms of work. Based on analyses of data from the German BIBB/BAuA Employment Survey 2018, this article shows that ICT (computer/internet) use is associated with both overtime and better temporal alignment of work and private life. Additional analyses show that these associations differ by gender and parenthood. Especially if also working from home, men with and without children do more overtime when they use ICTs than women with and without children. Better temporal alignment is found only among men without children who use ICTs and work from home compared to women without children.

Keywords:  gender; ICTs; overtime; parenthood; temporal alignment of work and private life; working from home (WFH)


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