Imagine yourself out running errands only to realize you’ve left your phone at home. If fear and panic are the two things that immediately strike you, you may be a nomophobe. What is that, you ask? It’s a fear of something very real – being without your phone. Yes, there is actually a term for this Web 2.0 generation affliction, “nomophobia”.
A recent study by SecurEnvoy in the UK found that nomophobia is on the rise. After surveying 1,000 people, a whopping 66 percent of respondents said they have a fear of not having their phones. In order to combat this fear, what’s more surprising is that 41 percent of respondents have a back-up phone (and some even a back-up to their back-up) to ensure they are always connected.
Both men and women were similarly nomophobic (61 and 70 percent, respectively), but the survey found that people aged 18-24 demonstrated the highest levels of nomophobia. Consider that SecurEnvoy referenced another study finding that people check their phone an average of 34 times a day. It’s becoming clearer on how reliant people have become on their devices, hence the fear of being without it.
Whether it’s the iPhone, Droid, Samsung Galaxy…do you have nomophobia?
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