As a nation, we are growing more and more reliant on our mobile phones in both our work and social lives, with many of us unable to go a day without picking one up. However, whilst they may be a necessity to keep on top of developing work situations during working hours, it seems that we’re equally as tempted to check them out of work too – even on some of the biggest days of our lives.
For many, work is likely to be the last thing on the mind of those getting married on their big day, but new research from by luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths has found that 4,622,800 British workers would use their phone on their big day for work purposes.
According to the latest figures released by the TUC, over 5 million UK workers put in a total of 2 billion unpaid hours of work each year, and it seems that celebrating your special day with friends and family is no exception. Londoners are the worst offenders for working unpaid overtime, with almost 1 in 4 workers admitting to spending their ‘free time’ working. Those from the capital are also the most likely to be distracted by work issues on their big day, with 1,366,848 admitting to either checking work emails or calling the office during their wedding.
The study found that even with all the planning and expense that goes in to planning a wedding, it’s not enough to keep us away from our phones for both work and social purposes.
The top reasons offered up for needing to use a mobile phone on the day of your own wedding were:
- Texts and calls (33%)
- Photography (19%)
- Social media (11%)
- Work Purposes (7%)
Despite the phone-obsessed amongst us, 43% of those surveyed were adamant they would steer clear of their phones at all costs when it came to their wedding day, with 5.2% going so far as to ask their wedding guests not to bring their phones along with them to the festivities. Perhaps one of the key reasons for asking guests to leave their phones at home is to ensure that you and your other half are the first to be able to share any photographs of your wedding day, something a third of Brits admit being a wish of theirs.
Craig Bolton, Executive Director from Goldsmiths commented on the findings:
“Engagements and weddings are very exciting moments in our lives, and so naturally we are keen to shout about it and share our good news with the world – both on and offline.
“Our advice is to enjoy the big day in whatever way you wish, but remember, to put your phone down, enjoy yourself and take it all in – there’s no recreating those memories later on!”