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We all know that our precious smartphones are central to our lives but how much do we really love them?  A study conducted by OtterBox through the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong has revealed…we love them a lot!

Often we only realise how much we really do love something when it’s gone…or almost gone.  You may have felt the physical effects of dropping your phone…a hot flush, racing heart, the rush of adrenaline, not to mention the FOMO.

It’s true…the shock is real…when that dreaded drop moment happens your screen may not be the only thing that’s cracking up.  The study revealed that the fear of losing or breaking our smartphone creates an actual stress response stronger than the fear of public speaking.  Now that’s #PhoneLove!

•    Breathing speeds up by 15% – 4x more than public speaking in front of strangers
•    Cortisol (our stress hormone) levels spike by 32%
•    Our heart rate jumps up by 15% on average, when a phone is dropped  – more than 3x when completing a task under noisy conditions

In these fast paced, ‘always on’ times let’s take a moment to think about ourselves and our well-being, we don’t need unnecessary stress. Keep calm and drop the stress – be sure your smartphone is safe with trusted OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection.

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About the study:

‘The 21st Century Scale of Stress Report’ was conducted by a research team led by Dr. Chia-huei Tseng, an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology at Hong Kong University, in collaboration with OtterBox.  24 participants from Hong Kong were invited to take a series of experiments and find out how stressful dropping their phone is compared with other common stress factors – public speaking, time pressure and hearing loud, annoying noises. These factors were chosen for the psychology experiment because they were the four top stressful daily experiences that 125 participants across APAC experienced, based on earlier research in 2015 conducted by OtterBox on what people think are the most stressful modern day experiences.