85% of people take their gadgets everywhere

An increasing number of workers – 85% of them – are packing their laptops, PDAs, cellphones and other tech gadgets along with their beach towels, sunscreen and bathing suits when they heads to cottage country this summer, says a report commissioned by Avaya Inc. 72% of U.S. consumers like the idea of the “digital den” – a product that would easily connect their home entertainment systems to the Internet, says a study by the market research firm Ipsos-Insight.

We have become so work-obsessed, Avaya reported, that 76% of people who go on holiday regularly retrieve messages during time off. They sometimes do this reluctantly too. Among nearly 300 information-technology professionals representing a variety of industries, 54% said they sometimes feel “overwhelmed by pervasive communications,” and 93% of these people reported a “negative effect on quality of life.”