This week I was asked a question from the people at Center Parcs: “Is your family holiday a technology trap?”
I was given a quiz to take and I must admit I approached with trepidation and a nagging worry that the answer would be a resounding ‘Yes’ and do you know what? I took the quiz and I didn’t like the results one bit, I actually felt quite guilty afterwards.
I work freelance, am never far from my laptop or smartphone and there is a constant need for me to be online throughout my working day. I say ‘day’ but actually my work often continues into the wee hours and I am always ‘plugged in’ to some form of technology. My fear is that by not being constantly available online I will lose work and possibly even readers if I am tardy in my response times.
Center Parcs have produced this interesting infographic and as a parent to teens I am not really shocked at the results.
“Families are taking, on average, six devices away with them on holiday.That’s just one of the surprising insights uncovered in a survey we carried out on device usage.
At a time when 90% of teenagers and 60% of adults own a smartphone, using it for up to two hours each day to browse, shop and share on social media, it’s little surprise that families are struggling to grasp hold of precious quality time together.
Our Google Consumer survey, which quizzed 674 members of the public on their device usage on holiday revealed a number of eyebrow-raising facts.-Center Parcs”
I do realise that it is important to switch off and have a couple of nights a week where I don’t work but what if I was on holiday, could I give up technology completely? Something tells me that whilst it would be hard to let go for that week or two it would do me and my family the world of good.
So the next time we’re away perhaps we’ll just leave our smartphones and other devices at home and enjoy some free-range fun (without notifications!) instead.
Now, doesn’t that sound nice?
*post written in collaboration with Center Parcs