UK Archbishop: Let Christmas Day Be a ‘Phone Fast’

The Archbishop of York (Photo: PA/Lynne Cameron)
The Archbishop of York (Photo: PA/Lynne Cameron)

Smart phones invading Christmas peace, says Dr John Sentamu as survey shows one in four of us admit checking work emails on the day itself

Christmas Day should be declared a “phone fast” to prevent emails and messages distracting from family and friends, the Archbishop of York has suggested.

Dr John Sentamu made the call after a survey suggested millions of Britons taken time out from celebrating with loved-ones on Christmas Day to catch up with emails about work.

In a poll for Traidcraft, the fair trade group, almost a quarter (24 per cent) of respondents, admitted checking their work messages on Christmas Day.

Meanwhile two thirds of those surveyed said they thought Christmas was losing its “true meaning”.

Dr Sentamu, a keen user of Twitter and Facebook, argued that one simple way to make Christmas special would be for people to mobile phone or other device away for the day.


“Christmas is a day of good news, a day of great joy and a day to give thanks,” said the Archbishop.

“I would encourage all those not working on Christmas Day to focus on connecting with family and friends, to enjoy this time with loved ones.

“I love using social media and email because of the instant connection with the world they bring but have a ‘phone fast’ from work on this day.”


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SOURCE: The Telegraph

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