Computing devices now 'essential holiday kit': survey

Most Brits – 92 per cent – believe that taking a laptop on vacation will not be a cause of arguments with their partner or family, as such devices are now seen as a useful aid to holiday enjoyment.

An online study of more than 2,200 members of the UK public by YouGov and found that 13 per cent of Britons do take their laptops on holiday with them, but technology is not necessarily the compelling motivation: only five per cent of Britons say they would choose using recreational software on the laptop – such as educational applications – while on holiday over reading a good book.

The study also found that 27 per cent of 18-24-year-olds said they would find translation software and offline maps stored on their mobile phone useful when on holiday, a higher percentage than any other group. Although 31 per cent of UK holiday makers are aware that travel apps and dictionaries are available on mobile devices, only 6 per cent of Brits regularly use them, the survey suggests.

“Holidays are often a time to leave work behind, and maybe even switch-off the mobile – but technology can enhance our holiday time with useful travel guides, language learning and translation apps available for laptops and mobiles,” says head Dirk Lebzien. “Our research shows that people are comfortable with their partner bringing their laptop computer on holiday with them, [as] thankfully few people are choosing work when on vacation.”

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