Letting People Use Your Phone Charger Is An Act Of Heroism, Study Finds
When our phone is low on battery, the person who comes to the rescue with a charger can feel like a saint.
Now, a new study has found the act to be an actual act of heroism.
A poll of 2,000 adults revealed the everyday acts that are now considered 'heroic' in this day and age.
Besides the act of helping someone with their tech items, people value helping someone reach and item on the top shelf and redirecting traffic after an accident.
The study, carried out by children's TV programme Fireman Sam to launch their new Modern-Day Heroes Campaign, found that 36 per cent of people had changed what their view of a hero is.
Determination, honesty and integrity are among the top qualities in a modern day hero, with only seven per cent now considering physical strength to be a characteristic of a modern hero.
Helen Genia, from Mattel, which commissioned the research, said: "There's no doubt there has been a shift in what is considered a hero, never more so than this year.
"Children will grow up in this era not just thinking about the traditional superheroes as the ones to look up to, but many of those in services such as the NHS that serve us so well."
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The study revealed that key workers - such as nurses, doctors and the fire service - are among the most heroic jobs.
A big 22 per cent consider bin men to be heroes while 25 per cent said the same of the fire service.
72 per cent of people said we need to celebrate the everyday things people do, while 53 per cent of people think people aren't thanked enough for their contributions.
Luckily, six in 10 people say they thank others every time they are helped.
Helen Genia, from Mattel, added: "It's clear those who put themselves on the frontline don't always get the recognition they deserve.
"As a result, to show our appreciation, we are proud to launch our Modern-Day Heroes Campaign, to help raise vital funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) while also shining a spotlight on the friends, family members and frontline workers who have gone above and beyond to help others in a tough year."
The study also found having a moral compass and being selfless were traits adults would most like to instil in children from a young age.
What's more, 74 per cent of people believe it is vital for children to see a diverse range of heroic role models in the television shows they watch.
Saleh Saeed, Disasters Emergency Committee CEO, said: "We are proud to be partnering with Fireman Sam Modern-Day Heroes Campaign to honour the importance of frontline heroes, key workers and communities.
"On behalf of the DEC and our member charities, I would like to say a big thank you for your generous support of the DEC's Coronavirus Appeal and helping to highlight the importance of frontline medical and aid workers who are supporting people living in the world's most fragile places as they face Covid-19".
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