Research shows that the average employee logs 7.5 hours of screen time daily, and battles eye pain or discomfort four times in that span.
NEW YORK — As the classic Todd Rundgren song goes, “I don’t want to work, I want to bang on the drum all day.” Yet for many of us, doing anything other than work is simply not an option. A new survey finds that about half of employed Americans (48 percent) consider themselves modern-day workaholics.
Perhaps that number should be higher: the survey of 2,000 employees showed the average American works four hours a week for free, and burns another four hours just thinking about their job. More than half (53 percent) were admittedly stressed out from work while completing the survey.
So what constitutes a workaholic? Researchers found that worrying about work on an off day, feeling too busy to take a vacation, and checking emails immediately after waking up (something 58 percent of the respondents say they do) were the top three symptoms of suffering from workaholism.
But nearly three in ten people (28 percent) say their job obsession is more than just a strong desire to succeed — it stems from financial necessity.
The survey, commissioned by The Vision Council, also showed just how much the modern workaholic is looking at a computer, phone, or other digital device. The average participant was found to log 7.5 hours of screen time daily, though 35 percent say they spend more than nine hours each day focused on a screen.