WORK HARDER!….The New York Times reports on the sad state of the American vacation:
The Conference Board, a private research group, found that at the start of the summer, 40 percent of consumers had no plans to take a vacation over the next six months ? the lowest percentage recorded by the group in 28 years. A survey by the Gallup Organization in May based on telephone interviews with a national sample of 1,003 adults found that 43 percent of respondents had no summer vacation plans.
….?The idea of somebody going away for two weeks is really becoming a thing of the past,? said Mike Pina, a spokesman for AAA, which has nearly 50 million members in North America. ?It?s kind of sad, really, that people can?t seem to leave their jobs anymore.?
Is it really true that workers can’t get away from their jobs these days? People who say this are usually referring to the stereotypical BlackBerried office worker who won’t go to the men’s room without a cell phone and are obsessed with keeping in touch 24/7, but let’s face it: that’s actually a fairly small proportion of the population. What’s up with the rest of us?
Do we just prefer spending our money on other stuff? Do we find vacations uninteresting? Boring? Is there less interest in visiting far off relatives? I dunno. But I will say this: back when I worked closely with Europeans, this was probably the most common area of incomprehension. Almost unanimously, they though we were flatly insane to take only two weeks of vacation a year. Even the workaholics thought so.