Lost Your Smartphone? It’s Nearly As Stressful As Terrorist Threats Says Study

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Have you ever felt your heart beat race when you could not find your smartphone in your pocket or purse? Have you ever panicked and stressed out when you could not see your smartphone in plain sight?

Apparently the stress levels that you would have gone through in these situations are almost equal to the stress people feel during a terror attack or in fear of it.  

A new report prepared by The Physiological Society states that losing a smartphone is nearly as stressful as a terrorist threat.

Modern People And Their Stresses

The Physiological Society conducted a survey of 2,000 people and asked them to rate the amount of stress they would feel in some specific events.

“These events were chosen to cover a wide range of major and minor occurrences in people’s lives, some of which will be welcome and some less so,” stated the reserarch.

The people participating in the survey were asked to rate these events out of 10 with 0 being not at all stressful and 10 being very stressful.  As a result of the study it was seen that, death of a spouse or relative or friend ranked as the most stressful event in the lives of most of the people getting a stress score of 9.43 out of 10.

Following that are events like, going to jail (9.15), extensive damage to one’s home (8.89), falling seriously ill (8.52), loosing job (8.47) and many more were ranked according to the stress scores. However, the fact that astonished the researchers the most was that losing a smartphone got a stress score of 5.79 out of 10 which was just 0.05 points behind terrorist threats, which scored 5.84 out of 10.

The survey also went on to reveal that men experience lower stress compared to women and also stated that stress levels are directly proportional to age. Women feel more stressed than men, particularly in events surrounding the death of a loved one, losing their smartphone and imprisonment.

“The modern world brings with it stresses we would not have imagined 50 years ago, such as social media and smartphones,” said Dr. Lucy Donaldson, Chair of The Physiological Society’s Policy Committee,

She further added that the increased stress levels noted in women could have an adverse effect on their mental as well as physical health. Increased stress levels not only affect the brain, nervous and hormonal systems, it also increases the risk of heart attacks.

The study has been published under the name “Stress in Modern Britain” on The Physiological Society’s website on March 15. 

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