Nomophobia or 'no
mobile phone phobia' is a rising lifestyle ailment that is affecting people's
lives. A survey done in UK found that 53 percent of the surveyed population
admitted to having this cell phone phobia. The common symptoms include fear of
losing reception, fear of running out of battery and even fear of losing sight
A nomophobic person
starts having pangs of anxiety due to the irrational fear of losing her/his
Some Important Warning
Signs of Nomophobia are:
Confined spaces (claustrophobia)
Fear of having no network coverage
Difficulty in switching off the cell phone
Carrying cell phones to the bathroom
Recharging the battery again and
A survey conducted by
SecureEnvoy revealed 53 percent people being affected by the fear of losing
Recently another study
was done in UK that involved 1,000 individuals. In this study 66 percent people
admitted to having this fear.
The study showed that
young adults aged between 18 and 24 years were more addicted to their cellular phones.
About 77 percent of them found it difficult to stay away from their mobile
phones even for a few seconds. About 68 percent of people, in the age group of
25 to 54 years, found it difficult to keep away from their mobile phones.
Another important finding
of study was that people checked their mobile phone approximately 34 times a
day while 75 percent carried cell phones to bathrooms.
co-founder of SecurEnvoy, mentioned: 'The first study into nomophobia,
conducted four years ago, revealed that 53 per cent of people suffered from the
condition and our study reveals this has now risen to 66 per cent in the UK and
shows no sign of abating.'
Mr Kemshall further
added: 'With 58 per cent of the respondents using at least one device for
business use, this lack of security is a worrying trend that needs addressing.'
An expert said,
"Our phone is like our lifeline. It contains all of our most sensitive
information, so naturally here's a lot of fear we have about losing it."
The study concluded
that young people are more likely to be affected with nomophobia and women are
more prone to develop this fear than men.