With 73.5 million iPhones sold in 2010 and Blackberrys considered as necessary as a stapler in many offices, smart phones are not only smart to have in the workplace, they're often expected.
But how do the devices impact the once-standing wall between family and work? Professors in business and informatics, a discipline that examines the interaction between people and technology, hope their new study can help them measure the effects.
UC Irvine Assistant Professor of Informatics Melissa Mazmanian, informatics doctoral student Ellie Harmon and Associate Business Professor Christine Beckman have
started the pilot phase of the study, where they plan to follow busy professional families and evaluate the importance of technological communication in their work life and home life and how they navigate between the two.