We are in the midst of the school holidays where many take annual leave to go away and catch some sun with friends and family. Despite being the most expensive time of the year to travel, thousands of Brits will make their way to their closest airport before embarking on hours of waiting at check in, luggage collection and transfers to finally arrive at the picturesque destination that they once saw on the laptop screen of blue seas and white sands when the holiday was purchased.
According to the latest research conducted by ElectricTobacconist.co.uk as part of the UK Gadget Usage Report 2017, revealed that just 9% of Brits say that they intend to have a technology-free holiday and ‘log-off’. Only 9% of the 1,000 asked will switch off for summer. It was discovered as many as 1 in 5 (20%) plan to travel with at least five gadgets in their luggage (excluding smartphones) – equating to over £1,000 of equipment. The research also found that 1 in 4 (23%) plan to take their laptop on holiday with them. Isn’t a holiday the chance to escape work pressures and have some much-needed R&R before returning back to the office?
Pascal Culverhouse, founder and CEO at ElectricTobacconist.co.uk, commented on the findings:
“These figures highlight how the growing use of technology calls for workers to assess how they utilise their holidays and make more effort to put down gadgets when they don’t really need them. Using a lot of technology tends to stimulate the mind rather than calm it, meaning that a holiday spent in this way won’t have the same positive benefits in terms of emotional health.
“Even though we are aware of the benefits of taking a full digital detox on the occasions when we get the time out of the office to unwind, it seems we still can’t switch off entirely and actually want to surround ourselves with more rather than less technology.
“Employees who are subject to high levels of stress yet are unable to rest when it’s needed, risk affecting their well-being and productivity. It is important for businesses to highlight the importance of switching off and encourage employees to leave their work technology at home when going on holiday, turning off emails where possible, for the duration of their break.”
When we talk about gadgets, we forget just how many have now forced their way into our daily lives from smart phones to battery recharges, including Fitbits and drones. The number of gadgets that have increased over the years to become integral parts of our lives has made switching off more and more difficult. The need to be constantly connected overwhelms many people and even when sat on a gorgeous beach with a cocktail in hand, many people feel the need to Instagram the picture rather than sit there and enjoy it. Some jobs don’t allow for people to switch off due to overgrowing pressure and stress, but even a day of being disconnected will do you the world of good. Even if that’s sat in your back garden with a good paperback book (not a tablet!)
The full report can be found here.