The Jakarta Post
A recent study suggests that the loss of digital devices and important data is regarded as more stressful than other events that could happen—such as a car accident, breaking up with a lover and having a bad day at work. (Shutterstock/File)
A recent report by Kaspersky Lab indicates that many people value their digital memories more than they value other forms of data stored on their digital devices, Antara reported.
Such a finding was obtained through a combination of an online survey involving 16,250 users from 17 countries and a study by the University of Wurzburg, Germany. It revealed that 49 percent of respondents considered private, sensitive photos of themselves to be the most important data stored on their digital devices, followed by photos of their children and spouses.
The study also shows that digital memories hold a special place in the respondents' hearts. More than two-fifths of the respondents stated that they would not be able to replace the videos and photos of their travels (45 percent), their children (44 percent) or themselves (40 percent).
These figures indicate that compared to other important data, videos and photos are regarded as more irreplaceable. In comparison, financial data is regarded as irreplaceable by fewer people (21 percent), although 33 percent of the respondents thought of it as "risky information."
The study ranked illness of a family member first on the list of the most distressing incidents that could happen, while the loss or theft of digital devices and loss of digital photos ranked second and third, respectively.
The loss of digital devices and important data is regarded as more stressful than other events that could happen—such as a car accident, breaking up with a lover and having a bad day at work—all of which ranked lower on the list. (mas/asw)