Nomophobia: the Fear of Being Without Your Mobile Phone


Mon, Feb 20th, 2012 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Yup. That's me. I'd much rather walk out the house and find out that I'm totally naked than without my phone. My phone gives me time, email, contact, location, entertainment, news -- I'm addicted to the instant gratification it provides. I use it so much that I've actually ordered a super-sized battery so that it will survive through an entire day on a single charge. Do I sound insane? I probably am. It was with somewhat relief that I discovered I am not alone with my madness.

According to new research by OnePoll on behalf of UK firm SecurEnvoy, the fear of being separated from one?s phone, a condition known as nomophobia, is on the rise. A survey of 1,000 Brits revealed that 66 percent feared being without their mobile phone, marking a 13 percent increase on the results of a similar survey taken four years ago.

Interestingly, to make absolutely sure they were connected at all times, 41 percent of people in the survey said they carry a second mobile phone with them ? in case they lost their primary device.

A closer look at the results of the survey shows that 70 percent of women would feel anxious if they were apart from their mobile phone, compared with 61 percent of men. However, the survey revealed that it was men who were more likely to carry two phones with them, which probably makes them less anxious about losing one of them, as they?d still be connected.



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