Work pressures, boredom, addiction. It could be said that during the summer holidays – yes, those longed for to unplug – we spend more time on our smartphone than on sun loungers or deck chairs by the sea. To outline a rather alarming picture is a recent survey by passport-photo.online, carried out on a sample of about a thousand respondents. The goal is to detect the habits of people of different age groups during their holidays, that is, that time of year in which detoxifying from the spasmodic use of the mobile phone would not be a heresy.
Yet, according to what emerged from the result of the study, we just can’t manage to untie the chains. The most significant data concerns the workers: in the period in which the work chores should not even touch the anteroom of the brain, 68% of the sample admitted to using the smartphone to carry out work chores or to have the situation ‘under control. ‘: of these, a good part (about 60%) would be solicited by their employer to keep contacts alive in case of need, while 55%, despite having no indication of any kind, cannot do without respond to phone calls or emails from customers, colleagues and superiors. Nice holiday period with a clear head of business affairs, right?
Let’s now move the lens to a more general level: again according to the study, 71% of people, on vacation, check their smartphone between 2 and 5 times per hour. Only 11% of the total is able to take a break of up to 3-4 hours, while the majority (27%) swipe their finger on the display at least once every 60 minutes, and 21% every 30 minutes. And what about borderline cases? There are those who unlock the screen of their mobile phone every 5 minutes, probably, therefore, between 150 and 200 times in the space of a day.
Vacation should be synonymous with carefree, relaxation, adventure, discovery. Or more simply, rest. After a week or two away from the workplace and from everyday life, however, the risk is to return to ‘operational’ not at all relaxed, perhaps even more tired than before. For 75% of the interviewees, the smartphone is the necessary accessory for the holiday, but more than half of the total regrets the excessive use they make of it. Some also complain of cell phone stress, which, however, they struggle to give up.
But what is it, in particular, that generates stress? Work issues, no doubt, but also the need to let your acquaintances (and others) know where you are at every exact moment of your holiday, what places you visit, what you eat. Everything, for many people, must be documented in great detail. 51% of the sample, after posting content on Facebook or Instagram, checks every 10-15 minutes how many ‘likes’ their photo has received, or how many views and reactions their ‘stories’ or ‘reels’ have gotten. What then, in hindsight, this does not differ much from what happens 365 days a year, the trend is always the same. 40% of people, on the other hand, admitted to using the smartphone very frequently as a filler, in moments when boredom takes over: it is no mystery that the smartphone has taken the place of crosswords, magazines or of a good book read under an umbrella.
There are also more ‘legitimate’ uses, it should be said. 79% of respondents use smartphones to take photos and videos (not just those to share on social networks, even those to keep a personal memory); 64% can’t do without it to get directions and 59% to look for a bar or a place to eat. Still, 57% use it to look for attractions or new experiences to do during the holiday period.
The picture is summary, but nevertheless returns an interesting frame on uses and customs related to the use of the smartphone on vacation. Now think locally: do you find yourself in one of the above categories? And ultimately, do you feel like a slave to the smartphone?