Casey Boswell , Jul 20, 2017

It’s midday, and your phone’s battery is dangerously close to the 20 per cent mark. If you’re like the majority of people, that red icon will leave you feeling panicked, annoyed and hunting for a spare charger. LG has dubbed this condition ‘Low Battery Anxiety’ and says that nearly 9 out of 10 people suffer from the fear of losing power on their phone.

LG last year surveyed thousands of people and, although not a real illness or anxiety disorder, have dubbed the concept of Low Battery Anxiety to exemplify the behavior of people who are changing their everyday lives – just to accommodate their dying battery.  The survey found that nearly nine out of 10 people “felt panic” when their phone battery drops to 20 percent or lower. Results of this extensive survey showed shocking results – 9 out of 10 people have low battery anxiety and they panic as soon as battery drops to 20% or lower. Although we can’t classify low battery anxiety as true anxiety disorder, the term was used to exemplify the behavior of people who make various adjustments on day to day basis only to accommodate the dying battery.

Do YOU have ‘low battery anxiety’? 90% of us panic about losing power on our phones

  • 32 per cent of us will ‘drop everything’ to head home and charge phones
  • 17 per cent of males missed match on a dating app because phone died
  • 60 per cent have blamed a dead phone for not speaking to a loved one
  • 2 per cent have made a U-turn in order to return home and charge their phone
  • 71 per cent won’t lend their charger to someone else – even if it’s their backup charger
  • 33 per cent have delayed a date or meeting because of a low battery

low battery anxiety

Low Battery Anxiety Symptoms:

  • Asking a total stranger to charge their smartphone
  • Arguing with a significant other or romantic interest because of unanswered calls or texts
  • Ordering something at a bar or restaurant just to use their power outlet
  • Secretly ‘borrowing’ someone else’s charger
  • Owning three or more smartphone charging cables

When it comes to choosing between hitting the gym or charging their smartphone, it found one in three people are likely to skip the gym. But millennials tend to have it worse – with 42 per cent likely to skip the gym when choosing between working out or charging their phone. Smartphone users will even ‘drop everything’ (32 percent) and make a U-turn to head back home to charge their phone.

Phone Anxiety Survey

The survey found 41 per cent of people fear missed calls the most when faced with a dead battery. And 17 per cent of males missed a match on a dating app because their phone died before they could swipe

‘Chances are Low Battery Anxiety is ruining relationships; a loved one you believed was ‘ghosting’ you could simply be exhibiting classic symptoms,’ the company wrote in a statement. The survey found 60 percent of people blamed a dead phone for not speaking to a family member, friend, co-worker or significant other if their battery was low. And what’s more, one in three people have gotten into an argument with a significant other or romantic interest as a result of unanswered calls or texts because their smartphone was dead. The research also found 41 per cent of people fear missed calls the most when faced with a dead battery.

When faced with only a few minutes of power, half of smartphone users will use the remaining time to text, while 35 per cent will use their last moments to make a phone call. Around 46 per cent of people say they feel embarrassed to ask a total stranger to use their charger, bu would anyway because the anxiety of a dead smartphone is too great.

Low Battery Anxiety Summary

If you have ever felt uncomfortable due to a low battery – you have low battery anxiety. This isn’t classified as a true anxiety disorder just yet, and the term is used to define certain behaviors that people make when their battery drops. People with low battery anxiety tend to make decisions during the day to accommodate their battery life. To help avoid low battery anxiety and to deliver a better customer, patient, or student experience call KwikBoost and see all the different mobile device charging solutions. KwikBoost is a leading provider of charging stations to the K-12 and higher education, healthcare, retail, library, recreation centers, malls, airports, government, and corporate sectors. KwikBoost offers an array of mobile device charging options, ranging from freestanding charging kiosks, wall mounted charging stations, charging lockers, phone lockers, power tables, power wall workstations, and power hubs.

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