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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    Estera Favalora, 15 Jul 2007 @ 6:40am

    Re: vacations and sustainability

    I often times tell people that the worries you have when you are alive do not matter when you die, so why worry about them in life? Even the dalai lama says the purpose in life is to be happy and to waste a life on saying that 'I spent half a century worrying about material things and the Fed and what society thinks of me and consumer culture, etc, and so forth' doesn't warrant much happiness. I too feel like an outsider, but it makes me a spectator at the rat race rather than a participant. ~E

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