Vacation? What's That?

from the we-don't-need-no-steenkin'-vacations dept

It seems like our always-on lifestyle continues to kill off the idea of vacation time. We've had stories in the past about how people tend to still check in with work while on vacation, in part to avoid having to deal with a huge stressful pile of things to do when they return. The latest study suggests this trend is continuing as the idea of the completely disconnected vacation is disappearing. Many people don't take all of the vacation time offered to them. Plenty of people never take extended vacations longer than a long weekend, and an astounding 24% of people say they didn't take any vacation at all. On top of that, those who do go on vacation don't disconnect. 72% say they stayed in contact with the office by email or phone while on vacation -- and, once again, many do so in order to avoid having a huge pile of work on their return. However, because of that, many say that they return from vacation more stressed than when they left. The article notes that this is a worrisome trend, but perhaps for many people it's just become the norm to blur the work/life balance -- and completely disconnecting on vacation would be even more problematic than staying partially connected.

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    Dog, 26 Nov 2006 @ 1:57pm

    NeaonBHB, "typical American laziness" in comparison to what? The vast majority of the Western world outside the US has four weeks minimum - not just by the grace of their empolyers, but as a legally mandated right. (OK, Canada might not, but they're an exception.)

    My country - New Zealand, while still first world, has a GDP per capita (PPP) closer to that of a second world nation than the United States (i.e. the average person experiences somewhat more "hardship" - an issue you seem obsessed with), and we see no need to jump on the American bandwagon of working harder and longer because it's not progress. What's material wealth good for if you don't have the time to enjoy it with your loved ones?

    Many people I know fuck off somewhere on vacation where their cell phones don't work anyway. Are you saying they shouldn't?

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