Labor Day weekend may not exactly be labor-free for some

On the Sunday before Labor Day, crowds of people were out on the beach, many of whom had phones in hand as they texted, talked, and checked their email. Some admittedly for business, during the holiday weekend.

A Harris Interactive study conducted earlier this year shows that people using their phones and other electronics for work, while on vacation, is becoming more common.

The survey found that 61 percent of Americans planned to work during their summer vacation, which is a figure that is up 9 percent over last year.

"I've had to make three work phone calls, 5 or 6 work texts. It hasn't been too bad, so maybe an hour out of the three days, I've worked," said David Eckard, who came to Myrtle Beach for Labor Day weekend to spend time with his wife and two daughters.

Eckard also admits that working while he is on vacation is not ideal, but it is something that has become hard to avoid since there are so many technologies available to people.

"The unfortunate part is sometimes you have to work. I like to leave it at home, but sometimes you have to work. With today's technology like iPods, iPads, iPhones, I-whatever, we have to work," Eckard said.

Others on the beach, like Michael Pernell, told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that people don't have to work on vacation.

Pernell will turn off his phone and keep it in his hotel room when he is on vacation and said working during a vacation defeats the purpose of a break.

"You're here to relax. I'm not worried about what's going on at home, nothing like that, so I think it defeats the complete purpose of it," Pernell said.