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Millennials suffer from 'load rage' if phones take longer than a minute to download

A survey found people aged 16-24 also said having no wi-fi was their biggest frustration in life

Millennials are suffering from 'load rage' according to a new study. Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
Millennials are suffering from 'load rage' according to a new study. Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

It’s amazing how quickly you can access information at the click of a button, but it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, far from it.

Just a couple of decades ago, connecting to the internet meant waiting for your server to dial-up, while waiting for your search results to load gave you enough time to brew yourself a coffee.

But millennials get frustrated in just a minute, according to a new study. More than 2,000 smartphone users of all ages were surveyed by Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus, which found that those aged between 16 and 34 were five times as likely to lose their patience with slow download speeds compared to those in an older age bracket.

The survey also highlighted how prominent technology was in the lives of younger respondents, with people aged 16 to 24 saying that having no wi-fi and online deliveries showing up late were two of the biggest frustrations in their lives.

Two-fifths of millennials who responded said the amount of time they were spending on their smartphones was leading to problems such as anxiety, burnout and insomnia. While 32 per cent of respondents across all age groups said they were worried about the amount society relies on technology today.

Updated: August 2, 2019 05:30 PM

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