Finally, once people do get free time, they tend to squander the opportunity by retreating to their phones or tablets. NYU psychologist Adam Alter has found in his research that screen time has increased dramatically over the last decade. In 2007, people spent only a fraction of their free time on devices. By 2017, the ratio had flipped: People now spend a fraction of their time not on devices. That's where your humanity lives, Alter told the TED audience, referring to the portion of time where you are undistracted by technology. And right now it's in a very small box.Another consequence of having constant access to mobile technology is that industries can work round-the-clock, which includes Saturday and Sunday. Americans, more than any residents of any other country, spend their weekends working, according to OECD data, The 2014 data show 29% of American employees had worked over the weekend at some point during the past year. Fewer than 25% of people in Germany and 10% of people in Spain reported the same. Flexibility to work remotely has also contributed to the ease of working weekends. A 2011 survey of more than 300 companies in the US and Canada found nearly two-thirds of employers were demanding longer hours of their employees than they did three years prior. Roughly half said they expected the longer hours to get even longer over the next three years. According to additional survey results, the attitude may be due to the fact employers weren't aware that workers felt their mental health had suffered due to the longer hours. A 2017 Gallup survey of 15,000 American workers found that 43% of people spent at least some of their time working remotely — an increase of four percentage points since 2012. They're also doing it more often: While the share of people who said they work remotely one day a week or less has fallen since 2012, the share of people who do it four or five times a week has risen, from 24% to 31%. On the one hand, more flexibility in where to work has made it easier for parents and people who travel a lot to get their work done. But it's also had the side effect of getting people comfortable with working at home, at times they'd normally be relaxing.Now that Americans have left the Industrial Age for the Information Age, the way people think about the value of time has changed. Psychologists have found people do actually equate time with its monetary value (i.e. Time is money.). At the same time, people have more opportunities than ever for multi-tasking. The result is time not spent working feels like a waste. Multi-tasking is what makes us feel pressed for time, Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, told the Economist.