shrinking-vacation syndrome

Yet another reason why Americans are decreasing their visit to national parks: shrinking-vacation syndrome.

Even before toothpaste could clog an airport security line and a full tank of gas was considered an indulgence, Americans had begun to sour on the traditional summer vacation. But this summer, a number of surveys show that American workers, who already take fewer vacations than people in nearly all industrial nations, have pruned back their leisure days even more.

The heightened pace of American life, aided by ever-chattering electronic pocket companions, gets much of the blame for the inability of many people to take extended periods of forced sloth.

The use of the word–the sin–sloth suggests to me that the article’s author isn’t a big fan of vacations himself. I’d be curious to see how much vacation time he uses per year.

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