Survey shows travelers desperate for devices

WASHINGTON – When traveling, you may be aware of your road rage – but do you have outlet outrage?

A new Intel poll shows that Americans don’t want to leave home without their phones, laptops or other portable electronic devices for fear they’ll be stolen.

In addition, 87 percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 say they’re happier when they have their devices.

Almost half of those surveyed say they’d sacrifice hygiene to keep their devices fully charged.

Three out of four respondents find losing a device is more stressful than losing a wedding ring.

Other surprising findings:

  • Thirty percent of all travelers don’t think they need to power off their devices when they fly.
  • Men admit to ignoring requests to power off devices in order to stay connected and 11 percent have been personally asked to turn their electronics off on a plane.
  • Six in 10 of respondents (64 percent) say their mobile device is a style accessory.
  • Even with an addiction to their devices, 52 percent are annoyed by the physical burdens of traveling with their technology. This includes heavy devices, power cords, battery packs and taking devices out for security checks.

According to Intel, the results of the survey show travelers today have increased expectations regarding their electronic devices.

An online survey of 2,500 U.S. adults ages 18 and older was used to gather data.

Read the full survey results from the Intel Newsroom.

WTOP’s Del Walters contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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