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Vacationers like being in the electronic loop, survey shows

June 02, 2007|From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Sunblock. Beach umbrella. Laptop.

One in five people toted laptop computers on their most recent vacations, an AP-Ipsos poll released Friday said. Along with the 80% who said they brought their cellphones, the survey shows going on vacation no longer means being out of the electronic loop.

Sizable numbers are interrupting their unwinding time to check in at the office and, even more so, to keep up with the social buzz.

About one in five said they did some work while vacationing, and about the same number checked office messages or called in to see how things were going, the poll showed.

Twice as many checked their e-mail, while 50% kept up with other personal messages, such as voicemail.

The reason is in part today's array of devices that can easily keep people digitally tethered to their workplaces, friends and family. Electronic gear was most commonly brought along by younger people -- one in four below age 40 brought laptops, compared to 15% of those 50 to 64 and even less for older people.

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