Connect with Point of View   to get exclusive commentary and updates

Cell Phone Stress

phone stress
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
By: Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline – dailymail.co.uk – March 28, 2018
  • Research from Huawei has found that people hate having a dead battery
  • They find it worse than their car breaking down or being locked out of the house
  • It was also voted more unsettling than a job interview or becoming a parent

We live in constant fear of our phone battery dying.

So much so, that running out of power is more stressful for most of us than having a job interview or being late for a meeting.

Even the first day at work or becoming a parent are considered less concerning than having to go a few hours without a phone.

Phone manufacturer Huawei surveyed 2,006 UK adults in March.

The Chinese tech company set out to see how important battery life is to modern consumers.

What the research uncovered was that running out of phone battery at a crucial moment was the most stressful thing in the world.

Psychologist and author, Dr Linda Papadopoulos, said: ‘The research from Huawei has highlighted that smartphones have become an intrinsic part of our lives and people now see them as critical to human interaction.

‘Individuals rely upon their phones to do a multitude of things, from telling them the time, acting as their GPS, to helping connect them with the rest of the world.

‘When phone failures occur, such as a dead battery or lack of storage availability, individuals feel a sense of isolation or as though they’re not able to perform to their full capability.

‘This causes an instant moment of stress – which the survey has shown.

‘Humans feel a connection to their smartphones in the same way they have a connection to a best friend or family member – but they also feel a dependence on them and how they facilitate their lives which is why being without them is so difficult.’


Most ranked stressful situations on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being very stressful and 1 being not stressful at all.

1. Running out of phone battery at a crucial moment (7.2/10)

2. Being late for a meeting or an event (6.7/10)

3. Starting a new job (6.5/10)

4. Rowing with your partner, getting a dressing down from your boss, missing a train, job interview, getting stuck in traffic (6.4/10)

5. Car breaking down (6.3/10)

6. Getting locked out of the house (6.2/10)

7. Moving to a new house, Writing a presentation / essay (6.1/10)

8. Rowing with your children (5.8/10)

9. Public Speaking (5.7/10)

10. Becoming a parent (5.5/10)

To see the remainder of this article, click read more.

Read More

Source: Running out of battery on handsets causes more stress than being late for a meeting