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Losing smartphone is as stressful as a terrorist attack: Study


LONDON  — Losing a smartphone is as stressful as a terrorist attack, a new study by the Physiological Society, which got men and women across the country to rank life events on a scale of stressfulness, reveals.

The nationwide survey in the United Kingdom was carried out by The Physiological Society, in partnership with the polling firm YouGov, and 2,000 British adults were surveyed.

The researchers asked the participants how stressed they would feel about a range of events, with the death of a loved one and serious illness, quite expectedly, receiving the highest marks for stress levels.

Based on the survey of 2,000 people, the findings showed that life-changing events such as losing a partner were ranked highest for stress — but that everyday events also ranked surprisingly high, such as, moving to a bigger house, going on holiday, and planning a wedding.

Then comes divorce, identity theft, financial problems, and even some events that would seem to be happy ones, but can still cause a lot of stress: starting a new job and giving birth to one’s first child.

There were, however, some surprising findings. The threat of a terrorist attack received a score of 5.84 – only slightly more stressful than losing a smartphone (5.79). Naturally, younger people seemed to be more worried about going without their smartphones.

Researchers believe this is the result of living in 2017, with modern life adding “some stresses that would not have been imagined 50 years ago such as the pervasiveness of social media and smartphones meaning we are connected 24/7.”

Participants were also asked to list some stressful events that they believe the survey had missed, and the most frequent responses were: car breakdowns, waiting in traffic, busy motorways, road rage, and riding with a careless driver.

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