Survey: Americans anxious about their mobile devices when traveling

Jun 22, 2012 14:14:56Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Survey: Americans anxious about their mobile devices when traveling

Americans going on vacation aren't just anxious about travel expenses anymore - now they're worried about their mobile devices while away from home, according to a new survey by Intel.

When answering Intel's Tech Norms for Travelers survey, 44 percent of respondents said they feel anxious traveling without their mobile devices, and 87 percent of young adults (ages 18 to 20) claim to feel happier when they are vacationing with their mobile laptops, tablets and cellphones. When it comes to charging these devices, 33 percent said they would choose to visit a restaurant or coffee house depending on whether or not the establishment offered power outlets.

"Gone are the days of travel as simple escape of 'daily life' as more people seek to enhance and share vacation experiences in real-time and use technology to truly make travel more fun and more memorable," said Mike Fard, Intel Ambassador.

Cellphone security and privacy were also among the biggest concerns, as 46 percent of those polled were worried about their device getting lost or stolen - or even someone looking at their screen. Among young adults, 62 percent said they were worried about a stranger "peeping" at their device.