Remember the last time you thought you’ve lost your smartphone and nearly had a heart attack? Well, according to a new British study, the perspective of losing a smartphone can be as stressful as the idea of a terrorist attack. The study also revealed that people also feel stressed about new jobs, planning a wedding from scratch, Brexit, and yes, even about going on a holiday.
As we all know, stress has received the disease of the century moniker, since everything around us can be a source of stress – from the phone that won’t stop ringing, to the boss who wants you to do two flips while working on the project, Everything now revolved around stress and how to deal with it.
But have you ever wondered about the most ‘popular’ sources of stress? Well, a team of British scientists from the Physiological Society has already beat you to it. According to the results of this nation-wide study, people are as afraid of losing their smartphones as they are of terrorist attacks.
The questionnaires-based study was the fruit of collaboration between the Physiological Society and YouGov. Over 2,000 British adults participated in this study. Using cleverly designed questionnaires, the British scientists actually managed to pinpoint the most ‘popular’ stressors.
According to the study’s results, it would seem that the top most places are occupied by having to deal with the death of a loved one and finding out you have a serious illness. Moving on, according to the study, people also feel stressed about having a child, the thought of planning someone’s wedding, Brexit, getting a divorce, identity theft, money-related issues, and, of course, getting settled into the new jobs.
However, the study managed to reveal a most interesting aspect. According to the number, approximately 5.84 percent of respondents declared that they get very stressed when they think about terrorist attacks. Baffling enough, approximately 5.74 percent of respondents stated that the mere thought of their smartphone being lost makes them stressed.
So, according to the study’s result, it appears that we are as stressed about losing our smartphone as we are when thinking about a terrorist attack. The researchers declared that this reaction is somewhat normal, taking into account the fact that people tend to spend a lot of time working online or communicating through their social media accounts.
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