Are you terrified of being without your phone? If you are, you may suffer from Nomophobia – the fear of being without your phone and you are not alone…
A recent survey of 1,000 people in employment, conducted using OnePoll, discovered two thirds of respondents fear losing their mobile phone. The study, sponsored by SecurEnvoy, reveals that 41% of people interviewed, in an effort to stay connected, have two phones or more. When asked if they’d be upset if a partner looked at the messages and texts on their phone almost half said that they would.
Digging a little deeper, more women worry about losing their phones than men – 70% of the women surveyed compared to 61% of the men, yet it is men that are more likely to have two phones – scoring 47% and 36% respectively, perhaps in an effort to stay connected. When split by age it is the younger age group (18 – 24) that are more nomophobic at 77%, with the 25 – 34 age group second at 68%. Perhaps a little more surprisingly is that third most nomophobic are the 55 and overs!
Andy Kemshall, SecurEnvoy CTO and co founder said, “Perhaps because more men have two phones, they’re less likely to misplace both and therefore be left phone-less.”
Another interesting revelation from this study is that, with 49% of people getting upset if their messages and texts were viewed by a partner, they’re still lax at securing these devices. 46% percent do not use any protection at all; 41% use a four pin access code; and just 10% encrypt their device. A security conscious 3% use two factor authentication. Andy suggests, “With 58% of the respondents using at least one device for business use, this lack of security is a worrying trend that needs addressing.”
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