60% ‘couldn’t cope’ without smartphone for a day; 55% think ebbing battery is ‘nightmare scenario’

February 24, 2022

Does it feel like your smartphone never leaves your hand? You’re not alone. A new survey has found that six out of ten people “couldn’t cope” with being separated from their mobile phone for more than a day, reports Study Finds.

The survey—commissioned by HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, and conducted by OnePoll —found  that 55% of respondents believe running out of battery power is a “nightmare scenario.” One in eight people claim that a dying battery actually gives them anxiety.

“Smartphones offer so much, it’s unsurprising that we’re dependent, making the common complaints around battery life a real issue,” says Petri Hayrynen of HMD Global.

“There are other ways we can preserve our phone battery and offset that angst,” Hayrynen adds. “From using network connections selectively to muting unnecessary sounds and stopping apps from running in the background, these all help the cause and keep you switched on for longer.”

Surprisingly, the poll of 2,000 smartphone users found that only 30% of respondents never leave their house without their phone. When they do bring their phones along, however, most people are completely dependent on them for help.

Two in three (68%) rely on their phones to take photos, while 64% use their phones to check the time, and 62% are constantly looking up weather forecasts. Another 13% confess they can’t even find their way to work without a phone showing them a map!

And speaking of traveling, 27% of respondents admit they’re completely reliant on their smartphone for directions. One in three add they’ve never used a printed map in their lives.

Finally, when it comes to what’s most important to people these days, the poll finds nothing would be more upsetting than losing a smartphone. Nearly half the survey (48%) say it would be very upsetting if they lost their phone. That’s more than the number who would stress out over losing their bank card (46%), their car keys (40%), or even their wedding ring (25%).

Overall, the average respondent checks his or her mobile device 20 times a day. Respondents also spend two full hours looking at their phone screen over a 24-hour period.

Research contact: @StudyFinds