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The continuing evolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as Internet-connected computers and cellular phones, provides a means for increased work/home permeability and for current work/home boundaries to be redefined as workers can potentially be accessible by employers and family/friends at all times. This transformation of work/home boundaries can open the individual to increased levels of negative spillover, wherein aspects of one role negatively impact or impede upon another. This investigation uses data from the Work-Life and Technology Use Survey to determine if ICT use plays a role in defining work/home boundaries and serves as a significant predictor of negative spillover in both the work-to-home and home-to-work directions. Results show that frequency of engaging in ICT-related activities (e.g. checking email and using Facebook) is associated with negative spillover in both directions, suggesting that ICTs may play a significant role in facilitating negative work/home spillover.
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Keywords: ICT use; cross-sectional; negative spillover; role permeability; work/home boundaries

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Sociology,University of Alabama at Birmingham, HHB 460, 1530 3rd Ave SBirmingham,AL,35294-1152, USA(856)366-4956

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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