Study Blames Millennials For That Weird ‘Vacation Shame’ Feeling We All Have

08.29.16 3 years ago 14 Comments

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to millennials. The good news is that, contrary to popular belief, they’re actually super hardworking (take that, millennial-shamers!). The bad news? They actually work too much — to the point of being “work martyrs.” Even worse, they make everyone else feel bad about their vacations because of that work martyr mentality (which we all feel but can’t put a finger on).

A new report out from Project: Time Off titled “The Work Martyr’s Cautionary Tale: How the Millennial Work Experience Will Define America’s Vacation Culture,” found, unsurprisingly, that Americans are abandoning their vacation days because of increased pressure to work 24/7 . In 2015, an estimated 55% of working Americans didn’t use up all their vacation hours. Because we are all neurotic workaholics, you see.

So where does the millennial-specific focus come in? The report pinpoints the start of the decline in vacation-taking to around 2000 — which is right when the oldest of millennials started entering the workplace. Coincidence? Project: Time Off doesn’t think so. They argue that millennials ushered in an era of work martyrdom, prioritizing work above all else.

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