How Mobile Phones Affect the Sustainability of the Work/Life Balance of Their Users

  • Edward Peter Greenwood White
  • Andrew ThatcherEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9183)


This study examined the relationship between sustainability of mobile phone users and work-life balance. Twenty-seven interviews were performed on managerial level mobile phone owners over the duration of a month and half. The study extends Clark’s  [1] original Border theory that fails to mention how mobile phones (or indeed any other information and communication technology) influence the borders between the two domains. This study found technology has a definitive impact with separate users groups emerging from the data; border-extenders, border-adapters and border-enforcers.


Border theory Mobile phone usage Mobile phone usage patterns Work sustainability Home-work balance Work-home interface Mobile phone after-hours work After-hours work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Peter Greenwood White
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew Thatcher
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and TechnologyUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Information Technology, Visual Information and Interaction, TechnologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  3. 3.Psychology DepartmentWitwatersrand UniversityJohannesburgSouth Africa

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