Why young peo­ple can’t just chill

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Sunday Special -

Young peo­ple prop­erly re­lax for just seven hours a week be­cause they are spend­ing too much time on their phones, a new sur­vey has claimed.

A poll of 2,000 adults found busy home and work lives led par­tic­i­pants aged be­tween 18 and 34 to get less than 60 min­utes to them­selves each day.

Around six in 10 said they “never” truly re­laxed be­cause they con­stantly check their phones.

One-tenth of re­spon­dents said it was dif­fi­cult to go longer than 10 min­utes with­out look­ing at their smart­phone.

And nine in 10 par­tic­i­pants ad­mit­ted to open­ing their phone when they knew they had no new mes­sages.

A spokesman for Treatwell, a hair and beauty ser­vice which com­mis­sioned the poll, said: “Re­lax­ing is hugely im­por­tant, but it’s some­thing we of­ten rel­e­gate to the back burner of our lives. Ne­glect­ing our re­lax­ation time can have a re­ally detri­men­tal ef­fect on us, but it can hap­pen quite slowly, so you don’t re­alise it’s hap­pen­ing.

“Of­ten it takes some­one else buy­ing us a gift or tak­ing some of the load from us, to ‘force’ us into a change of habits.”

While it’s easy to as­sume that this prob­lem is iso­lated to mil­len­ni­als, older re­spon­dents don’t seem all that dif­fer­ent. Even they ad­mit­ted to re­lax­ing only 90 min­utes per day.

Many of the adults polled strug­gled to re­lax even when they did not have any work to do, with more than a third say­ing they felt “at a loss” with­out any chores.

The most pop­u­lar way to re­lax was by watch­ing tele­vi­sion (59%). Next, there was read­ing a book (54%) and go­ing for a walk. Only 14% men­tioned putting their phones out of sight when they are re­lax­ing.

Among the women sur­veyed, 52% be­lieve be­ing treated to a spa day would be a way for them to truly re­lax. Ad­di­tion­ally, half of the re­spon­dents with chil­dren said their lives were far less stress­ful be­fore they had kids.

46% wished smart­phones had never been in­vented so that it would be eas­ier for them to re­lax and switch off. 62% said they find the re­al­i­ties of mod­ern life to be stres­sors.

“Thanks to mo­bile phones and ev­ery­thing they al­low us to do, it means that of­ten when we are ‘re­lax­ing’, we are still ‘switched-on’,” said the Treatwell spokesman.

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AL­WAYS ON: 60% of young peo­ple say they can’t fully re­lax be­cause they keep check­ing their phones

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