The Fear of Running Out of Power on Your Phone

A reported 42% of millennials fear losing power on the phones so much that they would skip going to the gym just to be sure they can have a charged phone. 90% of smart phone users experience low battery anxiety, 32% will drop everything to charge a phone, and 60% have been unable to speak to a loved one because of a dead phone battery.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Smartphones are pervasive, but there are real threats of addiction and anxiety tied to smartphone use. How can you minister in the midst of this challenge?

  • Can you model healthy boundaries? How dependent are you on your phone? Can you turn it off or even let its battery run out? What do healthy boundaries look like to you?
  • Technology and Social Media: While technology makes communication easier, it has been linked with anxiety. How do we manage these benefits and risks?
  • Anecdotes about Anxiety: Perhaps we can better diagnose this problem by sharing some of our own stories with our communities so that others have the courage to do the same.

What challenges do members of your church face with their phone usage?

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