Why Vacationers Are Struggling to Unplug

Posted on 06/09/2017

Unplugging on vacation can be awfully challenging despite the many benefits.

A new study conducted by MSI International and commissioned by cyber security company McAfee shows that vacationers are having a tough time putting their devices down on holiday.

The survey of 9,500 people from Australia, France, Germany, the U.K. and U.S revealed that nearly six out of 10 vacationers (57 percent) leave home with the intention of staying connected to their devices.

Although staying in contact with family and friends (62 percent) is the leading reason vacationers choose to stay connected, work is a major factor. According to McAfee's research, 16 percent of respondents said they stay connected so they are reachable by work.

Nearly six out of 10 say they would prefer to stay unplugged if work wasn't a factor.

While travelers in their 20s and 30s are more likely to prefer being unplugged on vacation than those in their 40s, Millennials are the generation most likely to feel anxious when unplugging.

The study found that parents are more likely to frown upon connected devices on vacation (51 percent) than non-parent counterparts (35 percent). Nonetheless, 77 percent of parents admit to letting their children use devices while traveling.

The good news is that 64 percent of parents know when their Wi-Fi connection is safe and secure compared to 54 percent of non-parents.

In addition to experiencing a more enjoyable vacation, travelers who unplug put themselves and their personal information at less risk of being hacked from an unfamiliar and potentially unsecure connection.

"Our devices are extensions of ourselves that we rely on for more tasks every day. Individuals must exercise caution when using their devices on vacation," warned McAfee's chief consumer security evangelist Gary Davis in a statement.

Source: Travelpulse

PHOTO: Most vacationers are struggling to unplug. (photo via Flickr/Michael Coghlan)