Nomophobia – fear of being separated from your mobile phone.
There is no doubt cell phones have become a necessity in today’s world. But, an new study reports that a large number of Britons are now suffering from ‘nomophobia’ – the fear of being separated from their mobile.
Researchers have found that two in three mobile users are terrified of being without their phone and the number has actually risen from 53% to 66% in the past four years, the Daily Mail reported . Young adults suffer the most, according to the study based on a survey of 1,000 employees.
Among those aged 18 to 24, 77% were nomophobic. By comparison, 62% of those aged 55 and over fear losing their phones, while 59% of 35 to 44-year-olds were found to be nomophobic.
The study, commissioned by SecurEnvoy, revealed that women worried about losing their phones more than men – 70% of the women surveyed were nomophobic, compared with 61% of men. And 41% of those polled had two phones or more in an effort to stay connected.
When asked if they’d be upset if a partner looked at the messages and texts on their phone, almost half said that they would.
Andy Kemshall of SecurEnvoy said, “The first study into nomophobia, conducted four years ago, revealed that 53% of people suffered from the condition and our study reveals this has now risen to 66% in the UK and shows no sign of abating.”
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Via Times of India