What's more terrifying? The thought of losing your phone - or a terror attack? According to a new report by The Physiological Society, both are equally as stressful.
In the 21st century, a day without your smartphone isn't just inconvenient, it's almost unfathomable. As Dr Lucy Donaldson, Chair of The Physiological Society's Policy Committee, said: "The modern world brings with it stresses we would not have imagined 50 years ago, such as social media and smartphones."
We're so addicted to our phones that the thought of losing them is truly terrifying. In fact, if faced with the choice, most of us would much rather give up other essentials than our phones. Here are the seven things we'd happily go without if it meant we could keep our phones:
Back in 2013, a study found 94 per cent of Brits would rather live without sex for a week than their phone. It makes sense - who needs an orgasm when you’ve got the high of a record number of Instagram likes? As science says, that rush of happiness comes from dopamine - the exact chemical released during sex.
Really, who needs shoes when you have a smartphone? A thick pair of socks will do the job just as well - or so believe 21 per cent of people who answered a TeleNav survey asking if they’d give up shoes for a week instead of their phone.
Happiness is overrated. Why chase fleeting moments of joy when you can spend a good two hours hate scrolling on Instagram, and screenshotting the worst culprits to your equally as unhappy friends in your We Hate Everyone Whatsapp group. Besides you don’t even have to be alone in your misery - new dating app Hater lets you match with people who hate the same things as you.
What are the benefits of a real-life relationship when you can conduct one with so much less hassle on social media? A smartphone is always there for you in the way a partner simply cannot be. Need help? Siri’s there. Fancy a hug? Go on Cuddlr.
Let’s be honest, we lose them on a weekly basis anyway. What’s one more phone call to the locksmith compared to the emptiness you’ll feel without your phone? Besides, a photo of you stuck outside your house could always make a funny Snapchat.
The benefits of alcohol are plentiful - but can they compare to the benefits of a phone? While the former is a social lubricant, the latter means you don’t actually have to leave the house to socialise. The phone wins every time.