Work chat apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams present a challenge for work-life balance since they provide access to constant direct messaging with coworkers. A new study found that Americans are more likely to respond to chat apps and check work messages than email in their free time.

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Preply surveyed 1,200 Americans to learn more about their use of work chat apps and how often they check work messages how it impacts their work-life balance.


• 55% of Americans have a work chat app on their personal phone.

• 52% keep the apps push notifications on so messages are never missed.

• 29% feel the need to reply ASAP to messages outside of work hours.

• 29% check coworkers’ chat app status, however, those messages don’t deter people from messaging with 53% reporting messaging a coworker even if they have a busy or away status.