I have to admit that I Tweet from pretty much anywhere and everywhere, the beauty of the medium is that you don't know if I am on the toilet or in the theatre, at my desk or naked in my bed. Or, for that matter, even on holiday. A survey from online travel site Lastminute.com reckons that British holiday makers in particular are failing to relax while vacationing because they insist on sending updates to Twitter while away.
How sitting on a beach somewhere with an iPhone in one hand and a cold drink in the other constitutes failing to relax is beyond me. Heck, sending all my friends (virtual or otherwise) a Tweet saying "having a great time, wish you were here" sure beats the hugely non-relaxing task of writing postcards to them all.
According to the Lastminute survey, around half of Brits will check email or send texts while on holiday, with 42 percent of the younger generation updating blogs or Twitter feeds. A figure that is expected to go upwards this year with the recession forcing more people to spend their holidays in the UK rather than splash out on overseas travel.
As for the suggestion that I should take a "Long Tweekend" and turn off all my gadgets for a couple of days break, have they gone mad? I probably would, go totally insane that is, if I were to be completely gadget free for 24 hours let alone a full weekend.
I take a netbook and mobile broadband dongle with me on family vacations, but I do not let it interfere with my relaxation. It just means that instead of banging my head against the wall when I cannot sleep at night (I am something of an insomniac) because I have been yanked away from my usual routine, I can immerse myself in a little late night working while the family sleeps. I take my iPhone away with me not only to be able to keep in touch in case of emergencies with friends and family alike, but also to keep in touch with my wider virtual network of friends. I actually find it relaxing to share my thoughts and discoveries with people like this, what's wrong with that?
At least I now know that I am not alone, that a large number of folk are actually just the same as me. Which begs the question, do you Tweet on holiday?
I'm a hacker turned writer and consultant, specialising in IT security. I've been a freelance word punk for over 20 years and along the way I have seen 23 of my books published, produced and presented programmes for TV and radio, picked up a bunch of awards and continue being a contributing editor with PC Pro - the best selling IT magazine in the UK .