New media and the balance of work and home life. How IT-use affects the boundaries of daily activities.
Current research hypothesizes that the increased use of IT and new media encourage a process of fragmentation of everyday activities. Fragmentation implies that formerly holistic activities, such as work, that used to take place during certain time-periods and on certain places, now are disaggregated into subtasks that that are scattered in time and space. Some subtasks/activity fragments, are virtual (performed online) while others are place bound, some are conducted at home and others at work, while traveling etc. The process of fragmentation is assumed to affect almost all activities of daily life (shopping, work, family, social contacts, leisure). It also implies a use of time and place that increasingly is characterized by a mixture of activities that belong to different spheres of life and eroding traditional work/family boundaries.