A new survey has discovered that more than 50% of users questioned said that they were frightened to be without their mobile phones, a condition known as NoMoPhobia.
The survey discovered that women are more likely to suffer from this fear, with 17 percent more women than men saying they would be anxious to be without their phones.
The dependency on phones to keep us in touch with friends is so great nowadays, that one fifth will check their emails on their phone whilst still in bed, with 42 percent claiming that they take their phone to the beach with them when on holiday.
Easy access to work emails is causing people to take the stress of work lives into their personal time, too, with more than one in four people stating that they look at their work emails when out of the office.
One quarter of users would even check their device on a dinner date, with women slightly more likely to do so then men.
However, despite the importance of communications and access to phones, only half of those surveyed bothered to protect their phone with a password.
“It is pretty clear that we are a society totally reliant on our phones not only for personal use but business use too,” said Fred Touchette, Senior Security Analyst at AppRiver, who commissioned the survey. “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.”
He further suggested that phone owners should therefore consider protecting their devices, with the use of a password or some kind of encryption.
The survey was carried out for AppRiver by OnePoll during August, questioning 1,000 workers.