Recent study finds workaholics see family as an obstacle

April 8, 2010

A study on how materialism impacts family life led by assistant professor Mark Promislo found that “The more materialistic individuals are, the more likely they are to view their family as an obstacle to work.”

A review of the study appears in a recent issue of the The Daily Telegraph, UK.

“Materialism was significantly associated with the measures of family interference with work, and also their experience of work-overload – the perception of having too many things to do and not enough time to do them,” Promislo told the British newspaper.

“Highly materialistic people pour their efforts into work as this produces tangible materialistic rewards – money and possessions. They therefore see any obstacle to work – including their family, as disruptive.

“This finding adds ‘work-family conflict’ to the already long list of the negative effects of materialistic values on personal well-being.”

Read the full article here.

– Jazmyn Burton

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