I actually think that the technology has made some of it worse in a lot of ways. Yes, it does support more flexible work which is good. But at the same time it's raised the bar on whether people are expected to be accessible.
You are right. As dh said earlier tonight, the technology giveth and taketh away too. ; )
For example, he and I work 100% at home. I support a government agency in web development. The technology makes it possible for me to do what I do without leaving my house. Heck, we manage servers in Phoenix, train people in Thailand and Bangladesh, and at one point hosted an application that had people in Pakistan logging into it. How cool is THAT?!
At the same time, I have no excuse to not do work. Sick? well, unless I am in the hospital, delirious, or vomiting, I could be at my desk working, right? Heck, I was back at my desk for a couple of hours a day 2 weeks post partum with my second - nak, of course. Cell phones may mean I am not tied to my desk all day, but it also means taking a client call when I am at the park with my kid. The lines blur so easily.
DH has threatened to leave me if I get a blackberry...
I did hear on the radio that the Census issued a report on free time recently and it showed (contrary to how we all feel day to day!) that;
* while women are in paid employment for more hours a day, men are in paid employment for less.
* both men and women (regardless of employment) spend more time with their children than in the past 30 years
* we all have more free time than in the past.
I can't find the study to cite and dh is nagging me to help him with the rubbish.
ETA: here it is http://www.bls.gov/tus/charts/home.htm
But it sure don't feel like this is the case, does it?