Millennials Better Than Gen Xers About Unplugging on Vacation

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Millennials are always on their phones and find it hard to unplug, right? Turns out, Gen Xers are worse.

According to a new Intel Security-commissioned study, 49 percent of US millennials would be willing to leave their smartphone at home while on vacation compared to just 37 percent of those in their 40s and 50s. Overall, however, "most vacationers will remain connected while traveling," and about 55 percent of those who planned to disconnect were unable to do so, the report notes. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they checked their personal and work email "at least once a day, every day while on vacation."

Breaking it down by gender, women have a harder time unplugging than men. Roughly 47 percent of men said they would leave their phones behind, while just 37 percent of women would.

The study of 13,960 consumers between the ages of 21 to 54, conducted online in March 2016, makes a good case for unplugging every once in a while. Sixty-five percent of respondents claimed their vacation was more enjoyable after unplugging. They felt less stress and were better able to "absorb their surroundings" without a phone glued to their hand every second.

As for why some people had trouble disconnecting, they cited being reachable by family, navigation and trip planning, playing music, general tech addiction, and using social media.

Intel Security also pointed out that travelers can be easy targets for cybercrime.

"People are often quick to use devices on vacation to access sensitive information without considering the potential risk," Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security, said in a statement. "As a result, it's crucial to impart safe digital habits to help consumers stay more secure when traveling."

The company cautioned against connecting to unprotected Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, especially when exchanging payment information. Posting to social media from your exotic island getaway may not be the best idea either, as it could signal to real-world thieves that your home is vacant. Travelers should also keep an eye out for suspicious bank account activity.

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