Online shopping may seem to be a frivolous pursuit that is also an illegitimate use of time on the job. Yet it is also one more sign of the profound blurring of the once solid boundary between work and home.
We need to remember that for every moment spent shopping at work, we spend many more working at home.
Before we blame those who cyber-shop when they should be working, we need to remember that for every moment spent shopping at work, we spend many more working at home. The rise of cyberspace has left the once strictly separate spheres of earning and care-taking irrevocably intertwined.
Even before the recent recession, families faced increasing pressures to put in more time at work. The vast majority of households now depend either on two earners — often with both working long hours — or one parent who frequently needs to work several time-demanding jobs just to survive. Yet most employers still presume that the job should always come first, and few have recognized the new pressures on families at home.