We’re addicted to our mobile phones. The extent we’ve integrated phones into our lives causes anxiety and panic at the thought of losing them, according to new research by Lookout Mobile Security. Additionally, this dependency has seeped into our behavioural norms, where we’ve redrawn the boundaries of what classifies as “acceptable behaviour” in our pursuit to stay connected.
Recent Lookout studies in the UK and US support the view that this is a global phenomenon:
· In the US, 73% of users reported feeling “panicked”, while 7% said they felt “sick” when they lost their phone
· In the UK, 46% of people regard their mobile phone as their favourite gadget (with a mere 19% choosing their car)
· Brits would also choose to save their phone first from a burning building (23%) – beating laptops (20%), wallets (14%) and sentimental keepsakes (8%).
With this extreme attachment we are seeing an impact on our manners and day-to-day interactions, too:
· 71% of us in the UK check our mobile phones at least every hour, with 58% of US respondents admitting the same.
· Over 50% of smartphone owners in the US check their phone in bed at night; 1 in 5 check after sex