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Half of UK afraid to be without a mobile phone

A study of mobile phone use has highlighted that more than half of the UK population claim to suffer from ‘Nomophobia’ – the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. This includes having no signal, running out of battery or losing sight of your phone.

The term Nomophobia is an abbreviation of ‘no mobile phone phobia’ and was first thought up in the UK after a study by YouGov examined various anxieties related to mobile use.

AppRiver also recently ran a poll which found that 42 percent of people brought their mobile phones to the beach with them on holiday, and one in five checked email in bed from them as well.

Women are 17 percent more likely to be affected by Nomophobia in general. Women are also 10 percent more likely to check emails or texts when out on a dinner date.

Fred Touchette, a senior security analyst at AppRiver highlighted security concerns, saying “It is pretty clear that we are a society totally reliant on our phones and not only for personal use, but business use too. What worries me is that, with so much information stored on them – confidential office documents, contact details, emails, photos and bank log ins – when these devices get lost or stolen and end up in the wrong hands, the information is so easily exploited.”

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