NOMOPHOBIA is a tech phobia where a person gets jittery about losing one's mobile. According to a new study this is the world's biggest fear. The study says about 66% of people are affected by it. A similar study was conducted in UK about four years ago which concluded 53% were affected. It shows that there is a rise in the number of people getting afflicted to nomophobia year after year.
The study was conducted in UK on 1000 people of which 66% of people were found to be affected by the fear of losing mobile as reported by the 'Daily Mail' newspaper. The study included young adults aged between 18 to 24 and middle aged adults between 25 to 34.
It was found that people aged between 18 to 24 were most addicted to their phones with almost 77% of them being unable to stay without their phones for just few minutes and among people aged between 25 to 34 it was 68% who were found affected.
The study also showed that we on an average tend to check our phone 34 times a day and 75% of us tend to use phone in the bathrooms as a modern equivalent of newspaper.
The Co- founder of SecorEnvoy that commissioned the study Mr. Andy Kemshall says "A reversal on the 2008 findings is that back then it was men that were more afflicted yet today its women. I'd be inclined to draw the conclusion that perhaps because more men have two phones they are less likely to misplace both and therefore be left phone less."
He also added "with 58% of the respondents using at least one device for business use this lack of security is a worrying trend that needs addressing"
Other findings of the study showed that 49% of the respondents would get upset if their texts and messages were viewed by their partner, and 46% used lock codes and just 10% added encryption to their data.