Voice 1: It's about midday one Saturday, and you glance at your phone as you're rushing for a bus. Oh no! The battery has gone below the twenty per cent mark and the red bars are showing. You feel a little anxious. You root around in your bag for your spare charger, but then you remember you left it on your bedside table this morning. The feeling of panic deep inside your chest gets slightly stronger.
Voice 2: You're on your way to play tennis with your friends, and the bus journey will take at least an hour. Why don't they put charging points on a bus? If you just stuffed your phone into your bag and forgot about it, you’d be OK. But it’s possible you’d feel worried and upset, and that's not so good. You are suffering from LBA - Low Battery Anxiety.
Voice 1: According to a recent survey carried out by a Korean phone manufacturer, nine out of 10 people have an attack of Low Battery Anxiety at least once a week. This might seem like a trivial statistic, but it isn’t, because LBA is starting to affect how we live and how we interact with other people.
Voice 2: The survey found that 41 per cent of the two thousand smartphone users questioned feared missing texts and calls when their phone was out of battery. Thirty-two per cent would change their plans and go back to the office or home to recharge their phone if they noticed the battery was about to die. Most of the people surveyed said they had a portable charger, but more than half left it in a drawer and never bothered to take it with them when they went out.
Voice 1: Statistics go on to paint an even more worrying picture of our relationship with our phone. Sixty per cent of users surveyed said they felt relieved when they found somewhere to charge their phone. So, what were they feeling before? Forty-nine per cent make the decision not to log onto social media when their battery is low; 42 per cent stop taking photos to save power; and only 56 per cent bother to turn on the power saving mode - if they know how to do this.
Voice 2: But sometimes having no battery on your phone - or telling someone that you haven't - has advantages. 60 percent of people interviewed for the company's survey admitted that they had blamed a dead phone for not getting in touch with someone. Almost 25 per cent had actually got into a serious argument because of unanswered texts or calls. And about one third had left home late for work or school or an appointment because their phone needed charging.
Voice 1: Help for anyone who has experienced Low Battery Anxiety could be just around the corner. Phone manufacturers are working to develop batteries that will carry more power than they do now. But this will only cut down the number of LBA attacks. The only way to wipe them out completely is to train phone users to be better organised when it comes to charging their devices.
Voice 2: We all know what we should do, but we don't do it. No one will ever invent a phone battery that lasts for ever, so charging in one shape or form will always be necessary. And it's up to each one of us to work it out.