Nomophobia comes from the phrase “no mobile-phone phobia”

Do any of you know what Nomophobia is? Well it is common among human beings nowadays. Let us see what it is and how many people where suffering from this kind of phobia.

Almost all the people own a mobile phone, it is considered as a necessity today. We use it to call, text, browse the net and many more. We always bring it anywhere we go but do you experience a different feeling when your mobile phone is not with you? Are you afraid of losing you mobile phone? What if you left it at home, office or it was misplaced, do you instantly switch to panic mode or have a strange feeling of disconnection? If the answer is YES, you are probably suffering from Nomophobia.

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact and includes the anxiety that someone feel when they are not in range of cell tower and does not receive any reception or signal. The term came from the phrase “nomobile-phone phobia”.

SecurEnvoy, a mobile security service provider recently conducted a survey among 1,000 people. They found out those two-thirds (66%) of respondents has fear of losing their mobile phone. As compared to the people with nomophobia four years ago, the number of nomophobics rises to 13% because more and more people nowadays own a mobile phones. A comparison was made among men and women, and they found out that 70% of the women are nomophobes and men only got 61%. According to Andy Kemshall, chief technology officer and co-founder of SecurEnvoy, men were more likely to have nomophobia in 2008 but feel less overwhelmed now. This is mainly because men are 11% more likely to carry 2 mobile devices as compared to women.

As with the age group, most percentage (77%) of the nomophobes goes to the younger demographics while ages 25-34 are the second most nomophobic followed by mobile phone users over 55 years of age.

There is also a recent study according to SecurEnvoy that was published by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology wherein they found out that on the average, people check their mobile phones 34 times a day so if their phone is not with them or is being misplaced, they will notice it immediately.

Now that you know what Nomophobia is, do you think you are one of them?

Source: Mashable

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