Ever felt worried that you don’t have enough charge to make it through the day? Ever bought a coffee just to use a power point? Ever got annoyed because someone borrowed your charger?
A survey by tech giant LG has discovered that 9 out of 10 people panic when their phone battery drops to 20% or lower.
These people may be suffering from “Low Battery Anxiety” – a concept dubbed by LG whereby people change their behaviour or go out of their way to ensure their phone is constantly charged; feeling stress, fear and anxiety if their phone battery is shortly set to die.
The poll surveyed 2000 people to ascertain their levels of “Low Battery Anxiety” and found some common symptoms, including:
- Arguing with a loved one over unanswered calls or texts
- Purchasing food or drinks just to use a power point
- Owning more than one phone charger or cable
- Skipping activities to charge your phone instead
Being constantly worried about the battery level of your phone seems to be a rising issue amongst millennials (those aged 35 and under). Linked to more harmful psychological issues such as nomophobia (a fear of being out of mobile contact), low self-esteem and the fear of disappointing others, “Low Battery Anxiety” is a worrying concept in modern society.
In the world of 24 hour news and social media, many of us worry about being ‘out of touch’ and not being able to contact loved ones in the case of a natural disaster, accident or terrorist attack. This notion of always being ‘switched on’ applies to both work and social life, with 86% of people surveyed charging their phone 1-3 times a day, 80% charging before they leave the house and 28% keeping their phone on charge all day.
So, how are companies looking to combat this? Wireless technology seems to be the most recent development to help battle this condition. Phones with wireless technology can be charged by simply placing them on a wireless charging pad or wireless charging surface, removing the need for chargers and cables. Companies are even integrating wireless charging points into furniture. For example, Swedish company Ikea have designed a range of tables, desks and lamps with wireless charging pads for convenient charging when you need it most and there’s rumours that McDonalds are adding wireless charging points into their restaurants.
So, how can you avoid “Low Battery Anxiety”? It’s simple - purchase a portable charger, provide loved ones with an alternative point of contact (e.g. your office number), always carry a charger, or simply switch yourself off – conserving battery for when you need it most.
For more information on the survey, please visit: www.lg.com