Be honest… how long can you go without checking your mobile phone, emails or social networks? For many of us, it’s a habit we can’t shake – but for others, it’s a habit they want to actively get a break from.
According to new research from Direct Line Travel Insurance nearly half (47%) of British holidaymakers switch off from work while away, with 10.2 million (32%) taking a welcome break from mobile devices while on holiday.
It seems that tech-free time has become increasingly important as so much of our lives revolve around computers and mobile devices. One in eight (13%) carve out ‘tech-free’ time during their break, with 11% of Brits choosing remote destinations that are less likely to have network coverage, to avoid potential contact with work.
The main reason cited for craving an internet break was to properly enjoy the holiday (57%), closely followed by the desire to relax and switch off from work. Interestingly, a third of workers who switch off the internet while abroad do so to enjoy a break from social media.
Speaking about the results, psychologist Donna Dawson outlined that regaining control and taking a well-earned rest is vital.
Holidays are a time for both mental and physical relaxation, and give us the opportunity to work on face-to-face relationships with family and friends,” she said. “A break from mobile technology is one of the fastest ways to de-stress, as it gives our brains a break from constant demands on our time and attention; time where we can calm down, de-clutter our thoughts, and re-prioritise what’s really important in life.”
Of those who stay connected on holiday for personal use, over half (53%) use the internet to contact family or friends via messaging applications. While 42% use the internet to engage with friends on Facebook, as little as 38% use it for information on what to do in the local area.
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