For better or for worse, social media has allowed the world to get that much more connected – and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has allowed us to work from the safety and comfort of our home as well.
Yet, a side effect of all this is the division between leisure and work has been further blurred – with countless people working more, relaxing less and not getting paid for it.
The repercussions are huge, including burnout, technostress, even anxiety and depression – which is why more and more politicians are speaking out about the right to disconnect.
Lovin Malta wanted to know how Maltese people felt about this potential new legal right, so we headed down to Valletta to ask people and find out more.
There are currently major efforts to enshrine this right into law.
Efforts led by Maltese MEP Alex Agius Saliba led to the European Parliament overwhelmingly voting in favour of the right to disconnect after work hours without worrying about repercussions.
The next step is for the European Commission to propose legislation for the right to disconnect.
This article is part of a content series called Ewropej. This is a multi-newsroom initiative part-funded by the European Parliament to bring the work of the EP closer to the citizens of Malta and keep them informed about matters that affect their daily lives. This article reflects only the author’s view. The European Parliament is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
What do you think of the right to disconnect?