It’s no secret that the UK loves their smartphones, but a new study has revealed that more than half of people actually fear being without their mobiles.
The fear has even being given a name: nomophobia (an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone-phobia”). The study, carried out by OnePoll on behalf of AppRiver, found 54% of people become anxious when they are out of contact with their mobile phone.
Women are 17% more likely to suffer from nomophobia than men, and are also more likely to check their mobiles whilst out on a dinner date – something which a quarter of respondents admit to doing.
One fifth of Brits use their phones to check their emails while in bed, and 42% check their emails on holiday. More than a quarter (28%) said they check their work emails while on trips away from home, with men more likely to do this than women.