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Nomophobia: 66 Percent Are Afraid To Be Separated From Cell Phones, Survey Shows

Posted: 05/08/2012 6:34 pm

Nomophobia

A lot of us are extremely afraid to be without our cell phones, according to the results of a British survey.

A poll of 1,000 people in the UK, sponsored by the digital security company SecurEnvoy, shows that about 66 percent of people are afraid of either losing or being separated from their phones. And 41 percent of people say they have more than one phone.

The study suggests that at least some of these people have what is called "nomophobia," defined as the phobia of being out of contact with someone via mobile phone. The researchers of the newest study reported that four years ago, 53 percent of people said that they are afraid of losing or being without their phones, and now the number has risen to 66 percent.

More women than men -- 70 percent, versus 61 percent -- reported being afraid of losing cell phones, while men are more likely than women -- 47 percent versus 36 percent -- to have two cell phones.

Last year, the Chicago Tribune reported on a survey from mobile app company TeleNav Inc., which showed that 40 percent of people with iPhones said they'd rather give up brushing their teeth for a week than go without their phone.

"I can pull up the map, I use it to pay my bills, I buy Groupons, check my email ... and we've used the Metro map several times today," Abagail Knapp, of Washington, D.C., told WJLA.

Digital Journal reported on another, similar survey by 11Mark, which showed that 75 percent of people use their phones while in the bathroom.

Karla Campos, from Pembroke Pines in Florida, told NBC Miami that she brings her cell phone into the bathroom with her when she showers (leaving it on the dry ledge outside the shower), just in case someone needs her. She also uses her cell phone to talk to her son, who is 10.

"He doesn't talk to me, I see him and pass by and he just says 'Hi Mom,'" Campos told NBC Miami. "But when I have real conversation with him, it's on the phone, through Facebook."

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