BT finds holidaymakers unable to switch off from tech
Many Brits find it difficult to take a break from technology during their summer holidays, according to new research from BT.
The telecoms giant found that one in three people it surveyed plans to check work-related voicemail messages and emails on their break, while two-fifths owned up to logging on to social media sites when away.
Some 25 per cent of those who keep up to date with work communications on holiday admitted that it upsets their friends and family, leading them to do it as quickly as possible or when their fellow holidaymakers are not looking.
Celebrity psychologist Corinne Sweet said breaks should be a chance for people to turn off and become aware of their behaviour.
"Try to spend a day offline and more time just hanging out with family and friends, or simply being alone," she urged.
"Holidays should be about recharging your own batteries, not just those of your laptop or smartphone."
Earlier this summer, a study from Brocade revealed that 86 per cent of holidaymakers expect hotels to offer free Wi-Fi access.
A lack of available wireless internet connectivity was cited as the second most pressing concern about using the web while abroad, behind high roaming costs.