July 9, 2015 3:03 pm

Who Hates Low Battery Sign on Their Phones?


You might be suffering from low battery phobia, where you constantly want to keep your phone charged up. Call it, the ‘red zone’ fear. When people are in red zone fear, they will go to any length to charge their phones.

In the old days, when mobile phones are just made calls, keeping charged was easy. Your phone might have looked and felt like an ugly fat box, but it had power for at least three days. The batteries used to last long, and people used to live without any constant worry of running ‘out of juice’. But, with recent technology of smart phones, keeping your mobile in ‘the green zone’ can drive people to make their work much more easier.

A 7-Eleven store set up charging stations outside it's store for people to charge their cell phones in midtown in New York on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Con Edison is estimating electricity will not be restored back to Lower Manhattan for several more days and a number of businesses are allowing people to charge their batteries.  (Â Frances M. Roberts) Photo via Newscom

The often views of people standing on tiptoes to access the high socket boards in public places, manoeuvrings wires underneath a sea of tables in a coffee shop,  squatting on the floor in a public toilet or constantly in the search of finding free slots in public places to charge their phones are a common things nowadays. This constant desperation to re-charge our phones and worry of low battery sign is more common than we think. In fact it has become such a ‘normal’ thing, that we have started to take it for granted. We might not even consciously realize this constant anxiety and desperation we are surrounded with regarding our smart phones.

With new applications and features coming up every now and then, the battery drainage ratio has even speeded up. This means mobiles are consuming more power per unit as time moves on because unlike in the past, the battery time is shorter-the demand for power higher. For this reason mobile companies and technology institutes are coming up with new and innovative ways to charge up your phones effectively.


It will be true to say that our battery tech has not advanced much in comparison with other functions of smart phones and we are now searching ways to instantly charge our phones’ batteries to increase their battery lives. This might come out as a challenge for most smart phone and tech companies.

With new innovations in applications and features offered by smart phones, most people are finding themselves suffering from Nomophobia– fear of staying away from your phone. Researchers from University of Missouri have found people experience ‘smartphone separation anxiety’ more than they realize.

The researchers firstly asked iPhone users to finish a puzzle with their iPhone in their possession, and record participants’ heart rate and blood pressure responses. Secondly, the researchers ask participants to finish the same puzzle, without their iPhone. In the middle of finishing the puzzle, researchers call the participants iPhone and record participants’ heart rate and blood pressure responses to determine levels of anxiety and how unpleasant or pleasant they felt.

The result found a significant increase in anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure levels, and a significant decrease in puzzle performance when the participants were separated from their iPhones. They have also shown that this can lead to increased stress levels and psychological harm in people.


It might seem ridiculous, but many of us can identify with genuinely feeling like something is missing when you’ve left your phone at home, or the sheer panic when God-forbid you can’t find it in your coat pocket.

Sounds unbelievable right? Try leaving your phone by your bed-side the entire day, and you might be able to experience those characteristics.