The age-old question “How was your day?” seems laughably unnecessary at a time when many people are spending their days in close proximity at home, well aware of how their partner’s day has been going. For the millions of people who have been able to bring their office jobs home during the coronavirus lockdown, the switch is making it possible to see spouses’ and housemates’ work personalities in action, often for the first time. The experience can be revelatory, and, occasionally, jarring.
“Just knowing your spouse can hear you can distract you off your game,” said Neela Jacques, a senior executive at a cybersecurity company in the San Francisco Bay Area. On the other hand, he said, “overhearing your spouse can feel like spying.”