Digital technologies such as the mobile phone, the Internet, and personal computers gained widespread adoption over the past 20 year especially in post-industrial societies gearing up towards production in a knowledge-based economy. However, how have individuals use such advances in technology to control their time better, and increase the value of their time? That is the central question of this Independent Study. With temporal welfare providing a grounding concept as to why societies should care about how individuals allocate their limited resource of time, the paper also questions the ideological backdrop of capitalism, globalization, and neoliberalization that have allowed the rise of digital technologies in our lives. Through understanding the choices individuals make using digital technologies through a neo-classical economic framework, a Marxist economic framework, and a sociological Habitus framework, this paper is armed to tease out the complications of digital technologies as a subject matter. Finally, through the use of the U.K. Workplace Employee Survey data, an econometric analysis was performed to plot the changes in the attitudinal characteristics of workers across three technological transitions. This paper found that workers in the U.K. are working less hours in 2011 than in 1998, knowledge workers work fewer hours than non-knowledge workers. Also, digital technologies can account for some of the variance of various attitudinal feelings about work pace and control over work performed across the three technological transitions, but there are larger factors at play that have aligned workers overall feelings towards the pace of work and control over work done prior to the digital age.
Economics; Sociology and Anthropology
Wu, John, "The Business of Busyness: The Welfare Implications of Digital Technologies" (2015). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6524.
Labor Economics | Work, Economy and Organizations
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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