Losing a smartphone can prove to 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.
The survey, commissioned by Intel Corporation, studied 2,500 adults, aged 18 and over, between May 9 and 13, 2012, the Daily Mail reported.
It also found that 87per cent of ‘young’ travellers felt happier during holiday, when they had their mobile phone with them.
Almost half of everyone surveyed, 44per cent, admitted that they feel anxious travelling without it.
And while 82per cent of women reported losing their mobile as extremely stressful, a fewer 73per cent of men felt the same way.
63per cent of the younger travellers interviewed also admitted that they would ‘compromise their personal comfort and hygiene in pursuit of a power source to keep their device charged’.
Methods involved 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 insisted that 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 revealed 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.’
“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,” Mike Fard, an ambassador at Intel, said.