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2017 North American Camping Report

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N O P H O N E ? N O P R O B L E M , A C C O R D I N G T O T E E N S Not surprisingly, most teens bring smartphones with them while camping, similar to their adult counterparts. But an overwhelming majority of teens say they would still want to go camping if they could not stay in touch with others by using their phones or computers. In fact, half of the teens surveyed say that camping off ers them an opportunity to "unplug" from technology. Only 6 percent of teen campers say that they would not want to camp without access to technology. About one-fourth are on the fence, saying it depends on the trip. 71% The overriding factor regarding technology is that, for U.S. campers, access to technology is allowing a substantial bloc of campers to spend more time outside. Among all U.S. campers, 37 percent – including at least 43 percent of millennials – say their access to technology allows them to spend more time camping. Specifi cally, access to technology is freeing up more time among younger campers who, in all likelihood, are able to check work emails and check in with work via phone when needed. What's more, campers who say that technology allows them to spend more time camping take an average of almost two additional vacation days for camping. The National Park Service's 100th anniversary appears to have driven more people to visit the parks in 2016. Overall, 3-in-10 U.S. campers say that the Centennial Celebration of the U.S. National Park Service in 2016 got them to visit a park they would not have otherwise visited. Millennials are the most likely to claim they visited a national park because of the anniversary. The anniversary also impacted about a third of Hispanic and African American/Black campers. o f t e e n c a m p e r s s ay t h e y w o u l d s t i l l w a n t t o g o c a m p i n g e v e n w i t h o u T a c c e s s t o t e c h n o l o g y 4 T H E 2 0 1 7 N O R T H A M E R I C A N C A M P I N G R E P O R T

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