A Whopping 90% Of Us Have 'Low Battery Anxiety'
If you're the sort of person who gets twitchy when they see their phone's battery dip below 20 percent, then rest assured you're not alone. In fact, 'low battery anxiety' as it's been dubbed, affects nine out of ten people, according to a recent study.
One in three of those asked said if the choice was between going home and charging their phone or going the gym, they'd ditch the gym - this figure was even higher amongst millennials, where a whopping 42 percent would sack off the weights for a charging cable.
Thirty-two percent said they would 'drop everything' and return home if their battery died, while 46 percent of people said they would ask a total stranger if they could use their charger, despite feeling 'embarrassed'.
And it's not just the anxiety of a dead phone that is upsetting people, the survey also found that a massive 60 percent of smartphone users said they had missed calls from a loved one due to having a dead battery.
Meanwhile 17 percent of men said a dead phone had left them unable to match with someone on a dating app. Take that as a sign, guys. It's fate.
It's not a much better story for those already in relationships, either, with one in three saying they'd got into a fight with their other half after unanswered messages or missed calls due to a juice-less phone.
Tips such as not allowing your phone to get too hot, turning off background refresh on apps and not having a million and one things running can all help; but if you're reading all of this and thinking it sounds horribly familiar, then you might want to invest in a power-bank (or four) and carry them about with you.
Is it just me or is all of this making anyone else feel heavily nostalgic for the Nokia 3310? I used to charge mine up on a Sunday and I'd get the whole week out of it, it also doubled up as weapon in case of emergencies. I don't think we've ever improved on that.
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