Brigid Schulte QuotesBrigid Schulte is the director of the Better Life Lab at New America.
There are new studies showing that young men and men with more progressive views of what a father should be – which is not just a helper and fun parent, but actually a partner – are beginning to feel more work-life conflict than mothers are. They’re trying to do what women have been doing for 30 years, and they’re having a very stressful time of it – a harder time at work because we still expect men to be on 24-7, working 40 years straight.
What’s happening now with technology is we live with very porous boundaries. All those little interruptions fragment our time and attention and make us feel like work never ends. It makes us feel like we don’t ever have that sacred time for family or to breathe or meditate or for leisure. Time is contaminated for everyone. I’m hoping that as we get used to these technologies we’ll get smarter about how we use them and also how to shut them off.