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1 The current meaning of Breaks in Greece Breaks in Greece are less task and more self related. Interludes The Greek word for break is dialemma which is very close to Platos meaning of a musical pause. The dialemma in Greece is defined by an individual urge to cover, in the most cases, the need to be with others. It is not organized around a task, which is let to rest in order to be picked up later. Breaks in Greece are interludes and not interruptions and not Interruptions

2 Seven deadly Greek breaks

3 Lunch Breaks We very rarely have clear and disciplined lunch breaks. Work Lunch Lunch Work We eat while working, we work while eating. Sometimes we eat too much in our lunch breaks. Sometimes we forget to eat. Eating and working co- exist in Greece, even for the most valued meal, that is lunch and not dinner. Less than 20% of the working population declare having disciplined lunch breaks during working hours

4 Smoking Breaks Smoking in Greece co-exists with emotionally loaded situations : in sadness, in joy, in pressure, in anxiety, in grieve and in love. Just a break Smoking is perceived as a pleasure maximizer, after a good dinner, after a big success, after good sex… Recently enforced smoking regulations in Greece gave smoking a hard time restricting smoking from an all accompanying habit to just a break. The penetration of smoking in Greece, though decreasing over the last years, is still high, close to 40% of the adult population.

5 Social Network Breaks Though computer literacy is not that high in Greece, on line social networks are more than welcome amongst PC / Laptop owners. Work Net Network Spending time in on line social networks / is a par excellence territory of the Greek psyche, because the on line networks allow the co-existence of work and social bonding. Facebook is often mentioned as the main reason for frequent internet use.

6 Coffee Breaks Typically, coffee breaks are extended in Greece, with a lot of talk and exchange. Breeeeak The psychological need is one and the same for all coffee occasions: sharing, networking, belonging. Only the type of coffee differs. According to life stage, environment and socioeconomic stratum, we drink Frappe / Instant, Freddo, French or Greek coffee and most recently Freddoccino / Frappuccino types as well. More than 80% of the adult population, enjoy daily coffee breaks with others such as friends, colleagues, relatives, etc.

7 Mobile Breaks Mobile ownership is extremely high in Greece. Natural Priority – Mobile uber alles We all take numerous small breaks to share and exchange with friends and loved ones. Answering an incoming call during work, even during meetings, is not seen as an interruption but rather as a natural priority. The typical gesture of putting ones mobile phone on the table, right up front any meeting clearly signifies this priority. The ownership of mobile phones in Greece is around 90% of the adult population

8 Gaming Breaks Gaming breaks are of salient importance for Greeks of all ages. Gaming Gaming breaks for Greeks are connected with experimentation in adrenaline generating territories, as well as fantasizing of a better life. Less than 10% of the Greek adult population declares abstaining from playing

9 Nap Breaks We take naps during the day, whenever possible, to limit natural fatigue and thus be able to experience more within a day. Breakzzzzzz Sleep and dreams co-exist with daylight. 28% of the working population takes naps during work days and more than 50%during weekends and vacations.

10 Breaks in Greece Breaks in Greece are not real breaks – short interruptions of a daily routine, but rather dialemmata – meaning co- existing habits that enrich the quality of our daily routines. To return or Not to return When you enter a Greek dialemma you step into the territory of negotiation: You can never be sure how the question: To return or not to return will be finally answered!


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