First coined in 2008, "nomophobia" is taking hold of people at an alarming rate. Two out of three (66 percent) people surveyed in the U.K. say they fear losing or being without their cell phone.
The poll, conducted using OnePoll and sponsored by SecurEnvoy, revealed that 41 percent of people interviewed actually have more than one phone. And those people surveyed are concerned with their privacy; when asked if theyd be upset if a partner looked at the messages and texts on their phone, almost half said that they would.
Along gender lines, women are more connected to their handsets seven in 10 ladies suffer from nomophobia compared to approximately six in ten men. But the gents are more likely to have two phones. Seventy-seven percent of 18-to-24 year olds are nomophobic, the most "fearful" of the age groups surveyed.
Over time, the numbers show more people are suffering from this affliction.
The first study into nomophobia, conducted four years ago, revealed that 53 percent of people suffered from the condition and our study reveals this has now risen to 66 perecent in the U.K. and shows no sign of abating. A reversal on the 2008 findings is that, back then, it was men that were more afflicted, yet today its women. Id be inclined to draw the conclusion that, perhaps because more men have two phones, theyre less likely to misplace both and therefore be left phone-less,” said Andy Kemshall, SecurEnvoy CTO and co-founder. There is another study into mobile phone use that found people check their phones, on average, 34 times a day, so it wouldnt take long for you to realize if youd misplaced your device.”
One thousand people were interviewed for the survey.