Most Indian travelers spend time glued to their smartphones due to their “fear of missing out” on anything while they are away, according to a recent survey. Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker survey showed that travelers spend 50% more time on their smartphones while on a vacation. Also Read - Why smartphones must be classified as an essential product during COVID-19 lockdownsAlso Read - How is the Smartphone Industry Trend in 2021?
“When you think of a vacation, you conjure up the image of spending hours relaxing around the pool, or exploring the sights and attractions of a new city. The reality, however, for global and Indian travelers is that they spend more time glued to their smartphone than on their sun bed,” it said. The global study was conducted among 9,200 travelers across 31 countries.
“While away on a holiday we turn into social media show offs, use mobile to search for our next meal and have Facebook face-offs with our travel companions,” the survey observed. While on a holiday, 95% of Indian travelers spend majority of their time on Facebook compared to other social media channels, it added.
Indian travelers typically spend on an average of two and half hours a day on social media channels with Facebook leading the list, the survey found. Instead of relaxing and enjoying themselves on a holiday, most travelers still have a real case of FOMO (fear of missing out), which compels them to comment on posts just so they don’t miss out on anything while they are away.
On searching content while on a holiday, food is an important factor for Indian globetrotters, it added. “Most Indian travelers admitted that their mobile device was their primary source of information while away. When it comes to searching for content, they search for tasty food options over top attractions,” it said.