Antisocial Media: iPad Madness Causing Holiday Sadness?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

LONDON, March 14, 2011 - The age of antisocial media is upon us. A recent online ( survey, conducted
by YouGov, revealed that 30% of UK holidaymakers who use a portable
multimedia device update theirFacebook status when on holiday, while 26%
check their social feeds and 8% tweet (of those holidaymakers updating
Facebook, women are busiest: 35% compared to 25% of men).

Even more startlingly, 48% of the holidaymaking technology generation
(those aged 16-24) use their devices to update their Facebook status when on
holiday, while 43% check social feeds and 19% tweet. These figures underline
the notion that we are quite literally incapable of switching off from social
media, as we become increasingly interconnected.

The iPad 2 launches today; will this increase the trend in antisocial
media whilst on holiday?

The survey revealed that only 2% of people currently use an iPad in the
UK, which is surprising given the hype surrounding the product's launch.

Given that the iPad is a portable multimedia device, its usage whilst on
holiday is expected to increase as it gives the user the capability to stay
connected and be entertained whilst away
from home. This increase is most likely to affect the way full time
workers interact with their devices whilst on holiday.

Full time workers have many uses for their devices whilst on holiday, but
use such devices mainly for emails (61%). The antisocial media trend is also
highlighted -this group is not just working on holiday, they are also
connecting socially with their devices. 28% of full time workers say their
device usage, whilst on holiday, is geared towards checking their social
feeds (Twitter, Facebook newsfeeds etc.) with a further 32% using their
devices on holiday to update their Facebook status. This begs the question;
do we ever really switch off on holiday?The iPad would provide the perfect
platform for workers to regularly satisfy their social and working and
entertainment needs (watching movies, playing games etc.) whilst on holiday.

The trend of antisocial media becomes clearer when studied across a wider
range of devices. The percentages of smartphone users who keep using their
device while on holiday are as follows:

- 88% Apple iPhone

- 79% Android

- 85% Blackberry

- 86% Symbian phone (Nokia)

James Street, co-founder commented: "My dream
holiday is one without my phone, laptop and iPad so I can completely switch
off, relax and enjoy myself. Unfortunately it remains a dream. There's
nothing more antisocial than only having someone's partial attention while
they check their feeds and update their status."

In addition, the overall usage figures across all devices being used
while on holiday (tablets, smartphones, laptops, desktop computers and e-book
readers) are as follows:

                                    Activity    Percentage

                                      Emails           61%
                                       Calls           37%
                                         SMS           39%
        Checking Social Feeds (e.g. Twitter,
                         Facebook Newsfeeds)           26%
                           News Subscription            5%
                               Reading books           18%
                              Watching films           12%
                          Listening to music           31%
                               Reading blogs            6%
                               Playing games           25%
                         Updating my blog(s)            3%
                     Facebook Status Updates           30%
                              Twitter Tweets            8%
                               Photo Sharing           15%
               Checking In (Facebook places,
                                 foursquare)           14%
             Localization (maps, local info,
                                  languages)           27%

These figures show that social media has very much become a part of the
modern holiday experience, and with the new iPad 2 which becameavailable to
the public last Friday, it will be easier than ever for holidaymakers to stay
connected wherever in the world they are. Whether this is cause for gladness
or sadness is a debate that is only likely to intensify for years to come.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample
size was 2205 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 7th - 9th March 2011.
The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are
representative of all UK adults (aged 16+)

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