Technology-obsessed travellers would be more upset about losing their phone during a vacation than their wedding ring
20:56 GMT, 21 June 2012
Losing a smartphone would be more distressing to most travellers than losing their wedding ring, a new poll has revealed.
Researchers at U.S. market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres, found that 77per cent of people admitted that losing their
mobile phone would be the most stressful experience while on holiday.
In comparison, just 55per cent of those surveyed said losing their wedding ring would be the most anxiety-inducing experience.
Content: A survey has shown that travelers are more concerned about losing their mobile phones than their wedding rings
The survey, commissioned by Intel Corporation, looked at 2,500 adults, aged 18 and over, between May 9 and 13, 2012.
It also found that 87per cent of 'young' travelers felt happier on holiday when they had their mobile phone on them.
Almost half of everybody surveyed, 44per cent, admitted they feel anxious traveling without it.
Furthermore, 82per cent of women reported losing their mobile as extremely stressful while a fewer 73per cent of men felt the same way.
63per cent of the younger travelers interviewed admitted they would 'compromise their personal comfort and hygiene in pursuit of a power source to keep their device charged'.
'We found a stark contrast in the way people used to travel and the way they travel today'
Methods included choosing a restaurant based on its outlet availability and going without a bathroom stop in order to sit on the floor and wait for a mobile phone to be charged.
Also, 64per cent of those surveyed said they would prefer to sacrifice toiletries, hair driers and even shoes in order to fit a mobile phone and additional mobile equipment into their luggage.
The study stated that 'vacationers… feel angry when they cannot access power sources to charge these devices and
annoyed when others take uninvited glimpses of their computer screens,
potentially compromising their personal information.'
Mike Fard, an ambassador at Intel, said: 'We found a stark contrast in the way people used to travel and the way they travel today. They have an increased expectation of what technology can do and to always being connected.'