Survey: People Are Even Stressed Out by the Photos on Their Phones

In 2017, people are more stressed than ever. Some of that’s down to the political climate, but entire demographics are reporting more stress than before: Teenagers have more high anxiety, while startup founders regularly discuss their higher rates of stress and depression and one in three tech workers admit they’re workaholics.

Now, a new survey reveals that even the photos on our smartphones are contributing to this ever-increasing issue.

23 Percent of Americans Stress About Phone Photos

Nearly a quarter of Americans stress out about their digital photos, a number that’s down from a few other countries covered in a global survey by — Spain consumers hit 27 percent, France sits at 26 percent and Germany at 25 percent.

What’s the cause? The biggest problem is storage space. 51 percent of Americans admitted in the study that they have been forced to free up space on their phone solely in order to take new photos.

Yes, the Survey Covered Nude Photos

The survey went on to name four factors contributing to Americans’ stress over their phone photos. Here’s the bullet-pointed list.

  • Over 75 percent of Americans saved photos of sights or attractions
  • More than 50 percent saved photos of their pets and other animals – more than any other country
  • 10 percent of Americans admit to having a nude photo in the cloud. Of this, 15 percent of American men admitted to having a nude photos compared to only 8 percent of women
  • Americans share more photos over social media compared to other countries at a combined 51 percent

Of course, the survey was self-reported, which means that those percentages for those with nudes on their phones could easily be higher. And they probably should stress out: Given the cybersecurity arms race that companies has consistently been losing all year, the security of every photo you’ve uploaded to the cloud is very much in doubt.

Maybe it’s a benefit that Americans share the most photos on social media networks compared to the other countries in the survey. At least if you have to delete most of your photos to make room for more, you’ll still have the best ones available, hosted on Facebook.

Read more about tech’s security problems here at TechCo, if you dare

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Adam is a writer at and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for more than a decade. He was a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry, for which he was named a Digital Book World 2018 award finalist. His work has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect, and his art history book on 1970s sci-fi, 'Worlds Beyond Time,' is out from Abrams Books in July 2023. In the meantime, he's hunting down the latest news on VPNs, POS systems, and the future of tech.
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