Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for July. July 1st is the first day of the second half of 2012 and promises to be both an exciting and tense time for America. Exciting for the promise that a presidential election brings to the country, and tense due to the economic challenges and conditions that continue to weigh our economy down from both inside and outside of our borders. What better way is there to relax and enjoy all that is both great and good about America, than by celebrating the Fourth of July with family and friends?
Our second president, John Adams, presciently observed "it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, wrote and presided over the Declaration of Independence that stated, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...that among these (rights) are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." They were the only two American presidents to sign the Declaration and the two friends both died on July 4, 1826 -- 50 years to the day after it was ratified by Congress.
To all of our readers, happy Fourth of July, and now the results of our poll...
Fifty-five percent of Americans admitted to checking their work e-mails even when they are on vacation. They logged on anywhere from several times a day to every few days or less. The lucky rest (around 45 percent) said they never check it when they are vacationing. It would probably be preferable to most people to never have to check it, but in these times of job insecurity it is pretty easy to understand why they might. The overarching moral of the story may be, the more indispensable you think you are, the more you need to never check it.