Vacations are supposed to be a time to relax, unwind and leave your worries about work behind, but it turns out that’s just not happening anymore. In fact, a new poll finds many of us just can’t seem to unplug while we’re away, leaving us distracted by work and other things.
The poll by Alamo Rent A Car finds that only 37% of Americans say they completely unplug from work while they are on vacation, down from 53% last year. What’s more, 59% say they put pressure on themselves to work during their family trip, with 57% saying they do so to avoid coming back to tons of work.
Of course, work isn’t the only thing keeping us from completely relaxing and unplugging on our trips. Social media has become a big obstacle in folks’ ability to completely turn off on vacation, with 37% of people saying they use social media on vacation either the same amount of time or more than they do at home, and 16% saying they couldn’t take a social media break while away.
And while they may not be able to do it, 43% say they wish they could take a social media break on vacation. And it sure sounds like they should since 23% of people admit they’ve seen social media ruin a trip.
- One reason why people are constantly on social media during vacation is to post photos of their trip, and while that may seem innocent enough, it may not be the healthiest of behaviors. The survey finds that 20% of people say they feel pressure to post about their trip to prove they are having a good time, while 27% are doing it simply to show off where they are or what they’re doing.
Source: Business Journal