Privacy, Power Outlets Top Concerns for Travelers With Mobile Devices: Intel
The need to have access to mobile computing devices is affecting the way Americans feel about travel, an Intel report finds.American vacationers feel anxious when traveling without their mobile computing device and get angry when they cannot access power sources to charge these devices, according to the findings of Intels "Tech Norms for Travelers" survey, commissioned by TNS to explore American attitudes toward travel and technology. Privacy, or lack thereof, is also a major point of annoyance for U.S. travelers, particularly peeping tech behavior that inclines random travelers to glance at the screens of connected devices, the report indicated. Americans have a growing emotional attachment to their mobile devices, the report found, feeling calmer and less stressed when they have access to this type of technology while vacationing. Indeed, 44 percent of survey respondents said they feel anxious traveling without their mobile computing device, and a whopping 87 percent of young adults (18-29 years old) feel happier when traveling with their devices. Losing a wedding ring was far less stressful than losing a mobile computing device while traveling (55 percent versus 77 percent).
Mobile devices have moved firmly into the realm of fashion accessories, with 64 percent saying they consider their mobile computing device a personal style accessory, and (21 percent) admitted experiencing device envy, although women are more likely to succumb to this cool factor resentment than men (34 percent versus 22 percent). Technology has become so ingrained in travel culture that people are more likely to forgo creature comforts in search of a power outlet, such as choosing a restaurant or coffee house based on outlet availability (33 percent), searching public bathrooms (15 percent) or compromising comfort and hygiene to sit on the floor near an outlet (37 percent).