So where did business hours go? Why do I get emails, facebook messages, texts and phone calls at all hours and 7 days a week that reference work related issues and requests? Students text at 8pm at night asking for a lesson and then again at 7am the next morning wondering why I didn't respond. "Well, I got done teaching at 11, got home at 1145 and didn't really feel like scheduling lessons for someone at midnight while I was eating dinner on my living room floor." People write or call (sometimes all 4 at a time) and ask for a business issue to be taken care of ... on a Saturday and then again on Sunday morning because I haven't responded yet. One student (many many years ago) called and left so many messages on our answering machine she used up all of our tape. We were away for the weekend at a competition. When we didn't respond by Sunday evening, and the answering machine was full from her it stopped taking more messages. So she FAXED us a note reminding us to call her... and to tell us our answering machine was broken. Not to mention holidays mean nothing. I got yelled at by a member of the Professional Dancers Federation (I am the VP) because he wanted a question answered on the Saturday morning before Christmas last winter. (I had also just moved across the country and was unloading the truck!) By Saturday night he was completely appalled "that I was ignoring him and ineffectual as a leader" and let me know quite vocally on Facebook. He said he knew I was "online and available" because he had seen me comment on a friends status. Do other people experience this in their line of work... or are dance teachers supposed to be completely accessible 24/7 with no down time for themselves and families. Did social media and cellphones destroy what little opportunity we had to actually have a day of "not working." Is it even acceptable anymore to take a day or two off and not return work calls? Are we then obliged to not have fun and be proud of it, because we are "hiding" from work emails on a Saturday afternoon?? Should I not post a picture of ziplining without feeling guilty because I did not return a work email yesterday, Saturday of a holiday weekend?