August 28, 2013

Did you check your inbox while on vacation? Americans are divided on answer

46%

Nearly half of American workers said they preferred to let their email pile up while on vacation and dig out when they got back; 42% kept up with mail every day.

To log on, or not to log on. That is the question.

At least, it’s a question many workers ask themselves when they are on vacation, as many have been this month. A Fox News survey, conducted Aug. 3-5, asked this question: “Some people like to check and answer email every day to keep up with it, while others would rather completely disconnect and just dig through loads of email when they return. What about you?”

FT_Check_Vacation“Dig out from under when you return” was the philosophy of 46% of those surveyed, while 42% said they kept up with e-mail every day. Another 10% said they either didn’t use e-mail, or take a vacation or both.

Younger workers were the most likely to stay tethered to their inbox while on vacation – 51% of those under 35 kept up with e-mail every day, compared to 40% or less among their older aged colleagues. Digging out from under after vacation was most popular with those 35 to 54 – half followed that strategy.

When it came to checking in with the office while on vacation, 46% said they didn’t do it at all while 42% checked in at least once a day or a few times a week. When Fox News asked the question in 2005, 59% of those surveyed said they didn’t check in with the office at all while on vacation.

Which camp are you in? Tell us in the comments section.

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    is a Senior Editor at the Pew Research Center.

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  1. Leslie Morris11 months ago

    I’m 77 and retired, and my email is almost all social, so I check my email on my iPad all through the day here at the beach. Maybe you don’t count vacations for people who don’t work, but it’s still a change from routine. And I’m addicted to email!

    lolints

    P.S. The younger relative who is here with us has spent most of his time on his laptop, but my niece left hers at home.

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