Losing Your Smartphone, Almost As Stressful As a Terrorist Attack

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Nowadays, people are stressed about the most interesting of things, including the fear of losing their smartphone

A recent report by the Physiological Society in London found new causes for people to be stressed, caused which had never been met before. It appears that people are as stressed about the possibility of losing their smartphone as they are about a potential terrorist attack.

Women are more stressed than men

For the study, the researchers interviewed around 2,000 people from Great Britain and asked them to rank stressful events on a scale from 0 to 10. The events marked with 0 correspond to those which are not stressful at all, while those marked with 10 are considered extremely stressful.

The researchers chose different events which the participants had to rate. These included Brexit, promotion at work, or the death of a spouse or relative. Women recorded higher stress levels than men in almost every ranked event. The biggest difference appeared in events regarding terrorist threats, and the smallest was related to the arrival of the first child.

This study continued the famous research performed in 1967 by Holmes and Rahe which looked at the effects of stress on people.  The highest stress rates were recorded regarding the death of a relative or friend (9.43) and the fear of imprisonment (9.15). The third stress cause what potential damage from a fire or flood (8.89) and it was closely followed by illnesses, fear of getting fired or divorced, or economic problems.

People have different causes of stress nowadays

One of the most interesting events that make people more stressed include commute delays (5.94), which were situated higher than terrorist attacks (5.84). By far the most interesting and unexpected cause is the prospect of losing a smartphone, which scored almost the same like the event of moving to a bigger house.

Since the research was performed in Britain, the participants were, of course, asked about Brexit. It only obtained a score of 4.3, being ranked on the 16th place on the stress scale. As expected, younger people were the most likely to be stressed by the event, as well as those with a higher level of education.

When comparing today’s results to the results from the 1967 research, we notice how people have become more permissive with certain matters and started to show interest in others. For instance, people nowadays show big concern regarding smartphones and social media, which nobody could have imagined 50 years ago.
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