Survey shows 1 in 8 people suffer anxiety from low phone battery

A woman uses her smartphone while sitting in a beach chair on July 3, 2020 in Wildwood, New Jersey.
WILDWOOD, NJ - JULY 03: A woman uses her smartphone while sitting in a beach chair on July 3, 2020 in Wildwood, New Jersey. Photo credit Mark Makela/Getty Images
By , Audacy

How long do you think you could go without using your smartphone? An hour? A day?

According to a recent survey of 2,000 smartphone users, six out of 10 people said they "couldn't cope" with being separated from their phones for a day, per Study Finds.

Additionally, one out of eight people said that a dying phone battery gives them anxiety.

"Smartphones offer so much, it’s unsurprising that we’re dependent, making the common complaints around battery life a real issue," Petri Hayrynen of HMD Global said in a statement.

The survey was commissioned by HMD Global, home of Nokia phones, and conducted by OnePoll. It found that 55% of people that responded to the poll agreed that their smartphone losing power is a "nightmare scenario."

"There are other ways we can preserve our phone battery and offset that angst," Hayrynen said. "From using network connections selectively to muting unnecessary sounds and stopping apps from running in the background, these all help the cause and keep you switched on for longer."

Despite the clear connection people have with their smartphones, the poll said that only three in 10 people claim that they never leave the house without their phone.

68% of people said they rely on their phones to take pictures, while 64% use it to check the time and 62% are checking the weather.

One of the big benefits of smartphones is the GPS feature, as 27% of people in the survey said they are fully reliant on their phone for directions.

Overall, 48% of the people said that losing their phone would be very upsetting. Losing a smartphone ranked above losing a credit card, car keys, or even a wedding ring.

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