Lifestyle Travel Can You Email Me Now? Half of Americans Lie to Their Boss About Having Wifi on Vacation: Survey Nearly a quarter of Americans will choose their vacation spots based on where they will get better reception to reach their office By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. She began at the brand in 2018 as an editorial intern and later returned as an intern on the Food team. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland in 2019, Georgia worked as an entertainment intern at USA Today before coming back to PEOPLE as a digital news writer. In April 2021, she began her role as a Parents writer/reporter. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 27, 2019 05:20 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Getty Images Lying to your boss about your Wi-Fi access and cell reception while on vacation is a growing trend when taking time off from work, a new survey found. Nearly half (49%) of working Americans said that using this tactic to stay out of contact with the office is acceptable, according to the 2019 Vacation Confidence Index by Allianz Global Assistance. With many people using their personal smart phones for work-related activities, the possibility of “email creep,” which Allianz defines as when your “work obligations encroach on personal time,” is much higher, they found. In fact, this issue affects more than two thirds (65%) of workers on vacation, which causes many employees to feel the need to lie about their cell reception or wifi connectivity. WATCH THIS: Five Vacation Homes Rented by Celebrities “Most working Americans feel pressured to spend their vacations attached to their work email, when they may just need a few days to unplug. Consequently, half of U.S. workers are willing to lie about lack of connectivity to set them free from work obligations,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. The likelihood of using this excuse varies among different age groups and pay ranges. The survey found that Millennials are most likely to use this reason (59%), while Gen X’ers are in second (49%) and Boomers in third (32%). Amazon Shoppers Call This Sleek WiFi System ‘One of the Best Purchases Ever’ Those with high paychecks are also more likely to use the excuse, the survey citing those who earn more than $50,000 a year as much more likely (53%) to tell the lie than those making less than the $50,000 (39%). Still, considering connectivity as a vacation must-have is becoming increasingly common. Allianz found that workers will still check-in with their office while on vacation. Some 24% will only choose a location where cell service is guaranteed. Most participants cited their reasoning for checking email on vacation as having less work to do when getting back to the office. On that token, millennials ranked the highest among workers, with 74% staying connected to the office during time off. The notion of “email creep” is so prevalent that Allianz added that many working Americans, specifically millennials (64%), would just prefer to continue to check their emails while away if it meant they could take more vacations over the year. However, Boomers would rather be completely unplugged on vacation, despite the possibility of having less vacation time.