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The British spend nearly 60 hours on Christmas break staring at their phone or a computer screen


Brits will spend nearly 60 hours of the Christmas vacation staring at their phone or a computer screen, studies show

  • One study found that around 57 hours of Christmas break are spent staring at a screen
  • Adults spend an average of 49 minutes a day on their cell phones while on vacation
  • Spends an hour a day looking at the computer or phone for work-related reasons

Forget board games, long walks and chatting in the fireplace – around 57 hours of our Christmas vacation are spent staring at a screen – and not just watching TV shows.

A study of 2,000 adults found that they spent an average of 49 minutes a day mindlessly scrolling through their phones during a week-long holiday.

They spend an hour a day looking at their computer or phone for work-related reasons, while an additional 34 minutes a day video calls with friends or family.

A study of 2,000 people commissioned by contact lens company Vision Direct found that adults spend an average of 49 minutes a day scrolling through their phones "mindlessly" during a holiday vacation. (Picture from a picture agency)

In addition, adults enjoy watching TV 116 minutes a day and an average of 95 minutes watching movies, with Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually and The Snowman on the must-watch list.

The study commissioned by contact lens company Vision Direct found that playing video games, using extra tablets, and texting meant an additional 135 minutes for a total of eight hours, nine minutes a day, or just over 57 hours a week .

It also found that during the week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, 37 percent look forward to lying in front of the television double-screening.

However, vision experts have warned that excessive use of the screen in low-light conditions can be particularly harmful in late December.

Vision Direct's Ashley Mealor, who commissioned the study, said, “Everyone knows they should cut screen time – but Christmas is a time to relax, so how else do we do it?

“I know I'll be playing Sniper Elite 4 during break if I can't catch up with my family.

Adults also spend an hour a day looking at their computer or phone for work-related reasons. (Stock Images)

Adults also spend an hour a day looking at their computer or phone for work-related reasons. (Stock Images)

“For many people, sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea and having some free time to browse social media is something that makes them happy.

“Not to mention the time we spend as families watching movies, Christmas specials on TV, or video calls with people we can't see in real life.

"Unfortunately, during a hectic 2020 year, many adults will also spend a lot of time staring at their laptop screens and keeping an eye on work."

The study also found that more than half of those surveyed expect their TV consumption to increase during the Christmas break, and three in ten will look at their phones more often.

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