Steeped in a Protestant work ethic, Americans have a complicated feeling about being away from the office on their vacations, a new study shows. The study, commissioned by Apple Vacations and conducted by OnePoll, polled 2,000 workers and found that it took people a startling four days to stop thinking about work on their vacations.
People were fraught about their well-earned getaways in other ways:
It also seems that the younger you are, the guiltier you feel about taking a vacation. Almost half (47%) of all Millennials felt guilty about taking a vacation, versus 19% of people aged 55 and older.
A vacation study by another travel website, Expedia, also found American workers found vacations difficult to settle into, a low priority, and occasionally guilt-inducing.
For a country that enjoys an untold number of leisure activities, it seems that actual vacations – the ultimate leisure activity – remain a low priority for Americans. Call it FOMO – for the office.
Originally published on The Ladders.
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