Do smartphones and tablets increase time pressure or relieve it? The answer depends on how these tools are used.
At work: Mobile devices can give workers more flexibility in choosing when and where to work. But they can also make work more stressful by creating the expectation that workers will be available at almost any hour of the day or night.
At home: Cell phones may reduce time pressure by making it easier for families to coordinate their activities. However, these devices can also intrude on family time. Studies indicate that children who have to compete with devices for a parent’s attention may become frustrated and prone to behavioral problems.