Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Travelers Care More About Losing a Cell Phone Than Wedding Ring

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jun 21, 2012 05:01 PM EDT

Text Size: A A A

People love technology,  but this love may be getting out of hand. A new survey reveals that travelers would rather lose their wedding ring than their cell phone on a trip.

Travelers have become so attached to their electronic devices, that the attachment has become emotional.  In a new survey by Intel Corp, researchers found that people are more calm and less stressed when they are able to use their mobile devices while traveling. The survey showed that almost half of U.S. travelers experience anxiety when they don't have their cell phones on vacation, ABC reports.

The data was based on a survey of 2,500 people that represent the population of U.S. travelers. A majority, (87%) of young adults revealed that they experience happiness when they're connected to their cell phone on trips, an emotion that friends and pets usually bring about.

The survey revealed how stressful it is to lose a cell phone by comparing it to other precious items. Results showed that 77 percent of people find losing a cellphone to be stressful while less people, 55 percent, think that losing a wedding ring causes stress, putting more value on technology than precious personal treasures.

Only one thing could be more stressful than losing a mobile computing device; losing a wallet. Those who have lost one know how inconvenient it is to lose money and have to replace identification and credit cards when a wallet goes missing. Losing a wallet on vacation can be especially hard, as money and identification is very important while traveling abroad.

The cell-phone loving stats get even crazier. When asked about the importance of personal appearances versus having the entertainment of an electronic device, the survey found that 64 percent of travelers would rather look like bums than be without their electronics. People would rather leave behind hairdryers and other styling tools, toiletries, sunscreen, workout clothes and even shoes, just to make room for their devices in their luggage, ABC reports.

Just like purses and watches, 60 percent of responders said they think of their cellphone as a personal style accessory. Twenty percent admitted to even being jealous when people had better devices than them.

Intel Corp ambassador Mike Fard noticed that people also  go crazy over trying to find places to plug their devices in, ABC reports. He has seen people unplug other's devices so they could charge their own and it isn't a rare sight when someone is sitting in a bathroom, charging their device in an outlet. People look for certain locations that have many outlets, something that airports are noticing and trying to fix.

The survey also revealed that traveling techies like to be nosy, as half admitted to checking out other people's screens. However they're a bit hypocritical because they also said one of their biggest pet peeves is when someone else looks at their screen. About 30 percent said they've caught someone in the act of tech-peeping.

Even though people are aware of over-the-shoulder screen audiences, a quarter of respondents said they don't practice safe habits when it comes to their device. Many connect to unsecured networks, use credit card information and view sensitive documents. This behavior is very dangerous while traveling abroad as hackers target travelers specifically.

 

 

© 2016 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Atta Abbasi

5 Most Efficient Travel Hacks Every Traveler Should Know

Are you doing your traveling preparation the right way?

It's a Small World at Tokyo Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland Release Etiquette Guide For Visitors: Uncivilized Behaviour Banned!

Shanghai Disneyland officials made sure that the park will be in good condition when it opens by releasing an etiquette guide, after observing what the locals did around the area.

Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans Offers 7 Great Activities For Families: Find Out Here

There is no shortage of activities in the wonderful city of New Orleans.

Caribbean

Island Hopping In The Caribbean: How To Get The Best Tours

Island trips to the Carribbean should not be too hard even for those who were just doing it for the first time. In other words, even if travellers are scared of going on unfamiliar trips for the first time, they can still go on these trips, thanks to helpful resources such as guides and maps.

Phewa lake in 1982

7 Cheapest World Destinations For An Affordable and Relaxing Vacation

Every traveler wants to spend less while going to different places. With that, Price of Travel ranks world cities every year based on how affordable they are as a reference for budget travelers. With that, we have here the 7 cheapest travel destination for 2016 that will give you extra money to get a side trip to other places you dream of visiting!

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Children TV

Time Travel And Other TV Trends To Expect This 2016

The three trends that are seen in TV this year which includes time travel, blast from the past and adaptations.

Airport

TSA Security Head Fired Over Long Lines In The Airport?

Kelly Hoggan, the agency's assistant administrator for security operations, has been removed from his position, according to an internal memo by TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger obtained by NBC News.

Swimming pool

US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed for Health Violations, According To Health Violations

One in eight swimming pools in most populated states were allegedly been shut down due to inspection of filthy and suspected existing harmful water around, as announced by health authorities in the United States on Thursday.

travelers today

© 2016 IQADNET LLC All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics