Apparently over-worked Brits are so worried about their economic woes that they won’t be able to switch off over the holiday season. Hotel group Crowne Plaza’s latest research found that 67% of British workers said they would check their PDA or BlackBerry for emails on Christmas Day before they got around to unwrapping presents. So at a time when they should be enjoying a leisurely Bucks Fizz, or trying to stop the kids becoming hysterical with excitement, they’ll be busy emailing Mike in accounts for a new invoice code. Not really the true spirit of Christmas…
The research also found that the proportion of people planning to check their emails on every single day of the Christmas break (which you might argue makes it not much of a break at all) has more than doubled in the last nine months – from 31% in March to 75% in December. Such a rapid rise in such a short period of time will inevitably lead some to conclude that the deteriorating economy has made it much harder to put work to the back of our minds.
Of course, it could just be that these figures reflect our need to be constantly contactable by all our friends – and since so many people now communicate by email, you might argue it makes sense to be checking your emails as a matter of course every day, including Christmas. And the fact that younger people (i.e. 16-24 year olds) are checking their devices most regularly (91% said they’d look at emails on Christmas Day) gives some weight to this theory.
Either way, it definitely proves that Britons are getting ever more addicted to the constant availability their 'Crackberry' provides. Some other research Crowne Plaza did recently found that 62% of their business travellers have taken their BlackBerry to bed with them in case they get an important email, while 25% admitted to sleeping with it every single night (that’s probably more than their partner). The hotel group argues that even checking work emails just before bed ‘has the same effect as drinking a double espresso’, because it halts the production of melatonin - so it's now offering its customers a ‘switch off call’ every night, to try and stop them working.
Sounds like there's a few people who could do with a call like that on Christmas morning...
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Happy Christmas from all of us at MT