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There's no holiday time for the techno addicts

TAKE A BREAK: Brisbane’s Jo and Kenny Mackenzie holidaying at Alexandra Headland, but sometimes Kenny finds it hard to leave work at work.
TAKE A BREAK: Brisbane’s Jo and Kenny Mackenzie holidaying at Alexandra Headland, but sometimes Kenny finds it hard to leave work at work. Brett Wortman

WHATEVER happened to the traditional holiday?

The sheer enjoyment found in escaping the daily grind of the office, packing the bags and settling down for some total relaxation.

No phones ringing.

No messages to check.

No such luck!

A recent survey of nearly 9000 Australians found that 47% were still hassled with work-related questions from colleagues while on leave.

A further 18% said they were simply unable to unwind from work while on holidays.

And it seems to be taking its toll.

Tony Tee, of Hervey Bay, holidaying in Alexandra Headland with his family, said that the hardest part about taking a break was making the transition from work to relaxing.

"It's very difficult to switch off because you're still in work mode," he said. "It probably takes five to seven days to switch off properly.

"I'm still really involved in work, especially with an iPhone. You can get your emails and messages immediately, so it still has a big impact even on holiday.

"Work is still in the back of my mind and then you've got those sidelines of social media, emails, text messages.

"There's just such easy access now. It's pretty much 24/7."

Of those surveyed, more than half (52%) checked their social media profiles at least once a day while holidaying.

Kenny Mackenzie, visiting from Brisbane with his wife Jo, said he used Facebook very rarely, but did use LinkedIn from time to time.

The couple said that although they made an effort not to let work affect their down time, it was unavoidable on occasion.

"Yeah, you still do things even though you're supposed to be on a break," Mr Mackenzie said.

"Even like having lunch, you send a few emails when you should probably be going outside and sitting under a tree or something."

Mrs Mackenzie was adamant she made sure she found time to relax.

"I get out, I make sure I leave the desk. I think I'm one of the rare ones, though," she said.

The survey also found that 20% of those surveyed were irritated by the amount their travelling companions used social media.

Mr Tee said sometimes he had to turn off his phone to ensure he could properly enjoy time with his family.

"You have to, otherwise you don't relax," he said.

Techno traps

  •  36% say they can't escape from technology while on holiday.
  •  42% spend at least 15 minutes on social media every day.
  •  More than half of holidaymakers check work emails every day.
  •  More than a quarter spend 15 minutes or more scrolling through their inboxes each day on leave.
  •  More than half check their Facebook and/or Twitter profiles at least once a day.

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