We've all felt it, but now there's a name for it: outlet outrage. It happens when you are forced to lug your laptop between airport departure gates in the hope of recharging your computer.
A travel study commissioned by Intel Corp. found that consumers' attachment to their mobile devices can be mood-altering. Losing a device is more stressful than losing a wedding ring, the study found. Being able to use your device anywhere is soothing.
Here are some of the statistics:
Almost half (44 percent) of U.S. travelers admitted feeling anxious traveling without their mobile computing device (Ultrabook, tablet or laptop), and 87 percent of young adults (18-29 years old) feel happier when traveling with their devices. Survey respondents also ranked losing these mobile computing devices when traveling as more stressful than losing their wedding ring (77 percent vs. 55 percent).
Despite the annoyances of traveling with devices (heavy products, tangled power cords, extra battery packs, and going through security), 63 percent of young travelers who participated in the study admitted to going out of their way to secure power for their device. This includes sitting on the floor (37 percent), searching public bathrooms for outlets (15 percent), or choosing a restaurant or coffee house based on outlet availability (33 percent).
Clearly, investing in a lightweight, power-sipping device (read: Ultrabook) would alleviate many of these worries. Several other (more challenging) stressors that were noted in the study included device envy, tech peeping, and theft.