A new survey shows that 59% of smartphone owners say they would reach into the toilet for their phone, and that isn’t the only crazy thing they’d do if they were faced with the prospect of losing their device. More than one in 10 said they’d rather leave home without pants and more than half of women said they’d rather leave home without makeup than their phone.
Survey: 59% of people would reach into a toilet to retrieve phone | LATimes.com | 6.28.12
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“I am a big believer that you need to take breaks for recuperation, going on vacation, going away and putting the racquet in the closet and just lying on the beach trying to get inspired for when you come back…” ~Roger Federer
Roger Federer: The Road Ahead | ATPWorldTour.com | 8.21.11
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Sometimes work/family balance seems like a big joke. Impossible, really…unless something comes off your plate (but is that really balance??). While the notion of a good (read: realistic) mix of work and life stuff can elusive, there are ways you can tip the scale in the right direction at the right time.
One of those times is when you take a vacation. Constantly checking your e-mail, outing fires at work, and always being tethered to your clients when you’re supposed to be off is not a fab formula for fun…or relaxation. But what if you could save money by temporarily ditching your smart phone and kissing work adiós while on you’re on vacay? Would you do it?
Some hotels are now offering a Digital Detox or Technology Break option AND are passing on a 15% discount. All you have to do to hand over your tech when you check in.
“Among those planning to check email, 68% say they will do so—daily or more frequently—for work, up from 58% in 2010.” ~WSJ.com
Do we really need to be forced to put our tech and our work away when we take vacation? (Some of you might argue that getting a discount is more akin to being persuaded, rather than being forced.) Does it matter? Probably not, if you can let go of being connected.
But, if we have such a hard time “letting go,” can we really ever find the right balance? Maybe we just need a bit of practice so we can get good at it. That would mean we’d have to want to disconnect. And, tell everyone at work, including the boss, that we’d be out of commission while away. That might also mean choosing a job that is not so demanding – even it it’s well-paying.
What do you think? Would/do you put your tech on pause while vacationing? …and would you be more selective about your choice of careers even if better balance meant less money?