It's bad enough that Americans don't get as much vacation time as the rest of the world. Seems we're frittering away the time we do get by taking our laptops, cellphones and other electronic gear along with us, unable to unplug ourselves from the demands of daily life.
A new AP-Ipsos poll says that 80 percent of vacationers travel with their cellphones and one in five take their laptops. One in five admitted to doing some work on their trips, calling in to the office or checking phone messages. Twice as many check their email while away.
I confess I'm in that group. If I'm not traveling with a laptop, I tend to duck into the nearest Internet cafe two or three times a day to check email, see the news, read blogs.... It's addictive, and surely not healthy, yet I can't seem to stop.
Is there a 12-step program for Internet-addicted vacationers? Or should we just give up on the idea of actually vacating when we go on vacation?
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