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.
The company polled a random sample of more than 2,000 adult smartphone users in the US earlier this year. 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.
- 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