Nomophobia on Rise in the UK, Says a Recent Study

February 17, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Do you worry about losing your mobile phone? Does your pressure shoot up when you spend an hour without it? You may be nomophobic if your answer is yes.

Nomophobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear people suffer when they are away from their mobile phones.

But you have company here. A recent survey conducted among 1000 respondents in the UK has found that Nomophobia is on steep rise among the people in the country.  This 21st century phobia, first identified in 2008, has shown an 8 percent increase within a three year period.

Two third of the people among the surveyed found to fear losing or being without their mobile phones.

The study shows that women are more nomophobic with 70 percent of the female respondents showing nomophobic behaviors in their responses while it was just 61 percent among the males.

In 2008, there were only 58 percent of the people showing nomophobia but the present study shows an increase to 66 percent.

However, the phenomenon has triggered interesting behaviors. People try to keep more than one phone to quench their nomophobia.

However, it seems men are more likely to keep more than one phone with 47 percent of the males responding positive while only 36 percent of women under the study kept two phones.

Youngsters were found to be more nomophobic than others. A 77 percent respondents among 18 to 24 years of age showed nomophobia while it was 68 percent among the 25 to 34 age group.

The study has a lot of interesting findings. It found that people on an average check their phone 34 times a day. 49 percent of the people get upset if their texts were seen by partners or others.

So 41 percent uses a four pin code and 10 percent encrypt the data to check unauthorized access.

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