Telecommuting Accidents Up 20% This Year

The information superhighway is getting dangerous
By Sarah Connor | 2014.08.23

Startling news was released by the World Health Organization today, as they announced a dramatic twenty percent increase in telecommuting accidents year over year. That number trumps the modest increase seen last year at five percent. WHO did not speculate on the potential cause or causes for the dangerous uptick in telecommuting incidents, but analysts close to the data believe that the information superhighway is getting far to crowded to ensure a safe experience, with multitasking being the main source of the danger.

"Multitasking is probably one of the major contributors to this statistic," said one expert. "A lot of times, a telecommuter is listening to Pandora or Spotify while checking personal email and attempting to create a Powerpoint document. This is a lot more common than you think."

In an effort to curb distracted telecommuting, companies are expected to start blocking access to non-work-essential websites, such as Facebook and Rile News. Although some experts are applauding the move, others are claiming that those moves would be an attempt to reduce their own liability and insurance premiums. Internet service providers are also stepping into the conversation by capping data usage and connection throttling.

The current generation of telecommuters is unlikely to be phased by the new statistics. They are used to the dangers of that come along with their livelihoods, but it is the older generation of workers that is the most likely to change their telecommuting habits. "It definitely makes to you stop and think," said one telecommuter near an early retirement. I live in New Jersey and telecommute to New York City. I don't even want to think about how many people are distracted alongside me."

The WHO will be publishing their findings in their winter journal.