Tonight the family and I will ‘unplug’ completely, stepping away from our phones and computers for a few days, to find renewal through rest and recreation. We’re at the end of one busy season, beginning a new season in life.
Yet not having one’s smartphone as a constant companion can make one anxious. How about you? How long do you think you could go without a mobile device?
The fear of being without your mobile phone — also called nomophobia — affects a large portion of the population, according to new data highlighted by T-Mobile in the below infographic.
A recent survey commissioned by T-Mobile and conducted by Kelton Research found that 25% of respondents would rather leave the house without a credit card than a mobile phone and 29% would prefer to be without cash. Nearly half of Americans said they miss their phones within an hour of being without it.
Some are so addicted to smartphones that 11% would rather leave home without wearing pants, and 63% would climb through the trash to find a lost mobile device. About 25% said they would physically fight a thief to get their phone back.
However, men believe they can last longer without their mobile device than women, saying they can go two hours longer than females before they really start to miss it.