Nomphobia sounds complex. The term is an abbreviation and when expanded reads as no-mobile-phobia. Nomophobia is the fear of losing mobile phone, running out of network coverage, battery and credit limit. The term reflects the anxiousness experienced by users when their mobile phone is not around.
Surprisingly 66 percent of users admit to their obsession with their handhelds and fear of losing sight of their devices even for a split second.
In this technological age mobiles have become an integral part of our routines and it is difficult to imagine our lives without the device. Intense usage, resourcefulness and multi functionality are some of the reasons of our growing fondness for the cellphone. If you are one amongst the many who can’t do without your phone, you could probably be suffering from Nomophobia as well. Warning signs that you should pay heed to are:
- The inability to switch off your phone even for a short time period
- Checking for missed calls, text messages and emails every now-and-then obsessively
- Recharging your battery to ensure that the phone is up and running
- Inevitably carrying your phone to the toilet along with you
The study was conducted by SecurEnvoy which conducted a similar study in 2008. The results astonishingly show an increase of 13 percent. Results of the 2008 study put the figures at 53 percent while this year 66 percent users admitted to the fear of losing their mobile phone. The research was conducted on a sample group of 1,000 in the UK.
According to the findings:
- On an average we check our mobile phones about 34 times a day and often carry it along to the washroom.
- In a survey conducted in 2008, 53 percent of users admitted to Nomophobia or no mobile phobia.
- Fears include losing reception, running out of battery and losing sight of the phone
- Users aged between 18 and 24 were most affected.
- 77 percent were unable to manage without their phones for more than a few minutes.
- 68 percent of users belonging to the 25-34 age group admitted to the phobia.
- Many users put mobiles at par with newspapers.
- More women suffer from Nomophobia than men.
- 49 percent users get upset when their partners view their messages and text.
- 46 percent users lock their phones with some kind of a lock code.
- 10 percent of users add encryption to their data.
Andy Kemshall, co-founder of SecurEnvoy, said “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.”
“A reversal on the 2008 findings is that, back then, it was men that were more afflicted yet today it’s women. I’d be inclined to draw the conclusion that, perhaps because more men have two phones, they’re less likely to misplace both and therefore be left phone-less.”
|RISKS AND SOLUTIONS|
|LOSS or THEFT|
|• Maintain a backup of your data|
|• Do not put your phone down in a public area|
|• Carry the phone is a zipped or buttoned pocket|
|• Charge the battery before leaving home|
|• Stock an extra charger at work|
|• Get an extra battery as backup option|
|RUNNING OUT OF CREDIT|
|• Check your balance regularly|
|• Top up as your credit limit nears end|
|• Personalize your voicemail message to let contacts know it’s you|
|• Make sure to speak to your provider to check if your phone’s international roaming is activated|
Nomophobia is simply the fear of losing your phone. The best option to get rid of it is to restrict your mobile usage lest you get addicted and be a part of the gang NOMOPHOBIA!