There have been a number of articles about email and other technology interruptions/distractions lately. CNet adds their own to the mix. Of course, stepping back can be difficult:
It’s all part of a culture shift that has accompanied all of the new modes of communications. These days, corporate culture frowns on those who turn off their instant messaging software or don’t respond quickly to the latest e-mail.
“People start to look at you with contempt or disgust if you shift away from the technology,” Honore said.
I think this will start to switch as people become truly fed up with being expected to be constantly available. I like being able to keep up with what’s going on all the time, but I would hate to be expected to be instantly responsive 24/7.