Lookout finds a nomophobia epidemic in Mobile Mindset study

60

Nomophobia: the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The term is an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia”.

How long has it been since you last checked your phone for a message, notification, or simply to see what time it is?  Where were you when you did it?  Driving? Eating dinner?  Lookout Mobile Security recently polled 2,000 American mobile users to find out how often we check our phones, where we take them, and how we’d feel if we lost them.  What did they find?  Apparently we don’t know how to put smartphones down for a while and would absolutely panic if we left them somewhere or lost them.

Here’s a few statistics that stand out:

  • 58% of smartphone owners said they don’t go an hour without checking their phone
  • 30% check their phones during a meal
  • 94% of people are concerned about losing their phone
  • When asked to select which feeling they best identified with when they lost their phone, 73% reported feeling “panicked” and 14% reported feeling “desperate”

Lookout blog

Mobile Mindset Study Reveals Americans’ Smartphone Attachment is Altering Our Behaviors and Emotions

Lookout’s nationwide data shows 24% check smartphones while driving and 73% feel panicked about phone loss, among other stats

San Francisco – June 21, 2012 – Lookout, makers of an app to protect your smartphone, today released the Mobile Mindset Study, analyzing and exploring data-based trends in the emotions and behavior driven by our smartphones. As people rely more on their smartphones, they are increasingly checking their phones in bed, in the bathroom, at the dinner table, and while driving.

Lookout found the frequency that people check their smartphones is increasing:

  • 58% of smartphone owners said they don’t go an hour without checking their phone
  • 54% of smartphone owners said they check their phones while lying in bed: before they go to sleep, after they wake up
  • Nearly 4 out of 10 people (39%) check their phones while using the bathroom

The smartphone attachment is also enabling a whole new genre of mobile etiquette:

  • 30% check their phones during a meal
  • 24% check their phones while driving
  • Nearly 1 in 10 (9%) check their phones during religious services at a house of worship

The findings are further evidence of a social phenomenon called nomophobia: the extreme fear of being without a mobile phone:

  • Lookout’s survey found that 94% of people are concerned about losing their phone
  • When asked to select which feeling they best identified with when they lost their phone, 73% reported feeling “panicked” and 14% reported feeling “desperate”

“Our phones are our lifeline, from sharing photos with social networks to shopping and managing bank accounts,” said Alicia diVittorio, mobile safety advocate at Lookout.

“The findings establish that our attachment to smartphones is driving a new mobile mindset. Our behaviors, emotions and social interactions are impacted by smartphones, to the extent that they now play an important role in our value systems.”

With smartphones being critical to everyday life, there are a few basic steps Lookout recommends to protect your mobile:

  • Don’t lose it: Keep your smartphone in a zipped pocket or bag when you’re on the move and scan your area when leaving public places to make sure you don’t leave it behind
  • Keep your power: Make sure you charge your battery before you leave the house or keep a charger in the car – not only will it keep your phone alive, but it will help to track it down if you misplace it
  • Keep it safe: Download an app like Lookout so you can find your phone if you lose it, lock & wipe your data if it cannot be recovered and backup your personal information

Lookout commissioned Harris to survey more than 2,000 American smartphone owners on how much they use, where they use and how they feel about their phones.

For the complete Mobile Mindset Study, please click here. For more information on Lookout, please visit www.mylookout.com. To download Lookout for free, visit the Google Play or App Store.

60 COMMENTS

  1. […] [Check out the original source here.] input, textarea{} #authorarea{ padding-left: 8px; margin:10px 0; width: 635px; } #authorarea h3{ border-bottom: 1px solid #B0B0B0; color: #333333; font-family: georgia; font-size: 19px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; margin:0 4px 5px; padding-left: 8px;} #authorarea h3 a{text-decoration:none; color:#333; font-weight:bold} #authorarea img{margin:0 5px; float:left; border:1px solid #ddd; width:40px; height:40px;} #authorarea p{color:#333; margin:0} #authorarea p a{color:#333} .authorinfo{ } […]

  2. […] After writing this article I am wondering if I am correct to be placing the blame on mobile devices. It has been argued that technology can both improve and impair the way that humans connect and communicate. Maybe, it is simply our obsessions as humans that compel us to develop these demeanours that Neurologists have conjectured as social disorders. Is this trend a growing epidemic? […]

  3. {Websites|Web sites|Internet sites|Sites|Internet websites|Web pages|Web-sites|Website pages|Online websites|Webpages|Internet sites} {you should|you need to|you ought to|you must|it is best to|you’ll want to|it’s best to|make sure you|you might wa…

    underneath you’ll find the link to some web-sites that we believe that you might want to head over to…

  4. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we came throughout a neat webpage that you just may take pleasure in. Get a look if you’d like…

  5. Recommeneded {websites|web sites|internet sites|sites|internet websites|web pages|web-sites|website pages|online websites|webpages|internet sites}…

    Listed here are a few for the web pages we recommend for our visitors…

  6. {Read|Study|Examine|Go through|Browse|Read through|Learn|Check out|Look over|Look at} was {interesting|fascinating|intriguing|exciting|appealing|engaging|attention-grabbing|unique|remarkable|captivating|useful}, {stay|remain|keep|continue to be} {in …

    please check out the web pages we use, together with this just one, given it represents our picks with the net…

  7. {Read|Study|Examine|Go through|Browse|Read through|Learn|Check out|Look over|Look at} was {interesting|fascinating|intriguing|exciting|appealing|engaging|attention-grabbing|unique|remarkable|captivating|useful}, {stay|remain|keep|continue to be} {in …

    be sure to check out the web-sites we pursue, for example this 1, given it represents our picks from your web…

  8. {Check|Verify|Examine|Check out|Test|Look at|Take a look at|Investigate} this out…

    which is the conclusion of the posting. Listed here you will identify some web sites that we think that you are going to value, just simply click the hyperlinks in excess of…

  9. {Global|International|Worldwide|World-wide|World wide|Intercontinental|World} {Traffic|Visitors|Site visitors|Targeted traffic|Website traffic|Targeted visitors|Potential customers|Site traffic|Customers|Page views|Website visitors} {Machine|Device} …

    you should pay a visit to the net pages we comply with, like this a single precise, since it represents our picks through the world-wide-web…

  10. {Websites|Web sites|Internet sites|Sites|Internet websites|Web pages|Web-sites|Website pages|Online websites|Webpages|Internet sites} {worth|really worth|well worth|value|truly worth|worthy of|price|definitely worth} {visiting|going to|checking out|b…

    the following are some inbound links to webpages that we link to because we suppose they are really definitely worth checking out…

  11. {Read|Study|Examine|Go through|Browse|Read through|Learn|Check out|Look over|Look at} was {interesting|fascinating|intriguing|exciting|appealing|engaging|attention-grabbing|unique|remarkable|captivating|useful}, {stay|remain|keep|continue to be} {in …

    you should head over to the internet sites we pursue, for example this a person, due to the fact it signifies our picks with the web…

  12. {Blogs|Weblogs} ou {should|ought to|must|really should|need to|should really|will need to|should certainly|have to|may want to|should preferably} be {reading|studying|reading through|looking at|examining|looking through|browsing}…

    The following can be a Amazing Weblog You might Discover Interesting that we Promote You…

  13. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we arrived across a cool internet site that you simply can appreciate. Just take a look in order for you…

  14. {Online|On-line|On the internet|On the web|On the net|On line|Internet|Over the internet|Via the internet|Web based|Using the web} {Article|Post|Write-up|Short article|Report|Posting|Piece of writing|Guide|Content|Document|Brief article}…

    The information stated on the content are some of the greatest on the market…

  15. {Read|Study|Examine|Go through|Browse|Read through|Learn|Check out|Look over|Look at} was {interesting|fascinating|intriguing|exciting|appealing|engaging|attention-grabbing|unique|remarkable|captivating|useful}, {stay|remain|keep|continue to be} {in …

    you should explore the online sites we observe, such as this a particular, given it represents our picks from your web…

  16. World wide Page views Device examine…

    be sure to have a look at the web webpages we comply with, such as this just one special, because it signifies our picks through the world-wide-web…

  17. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we came throughout a trendy information site which you will probably enjoy. Take a glance if you want…

  18. Gems {form|type|kind|sort|variety} {the internet|the web|the net|the world wide web|the online world|cyberspace|the online market place|the on-line world|the world-wide-web|online}…

    rather few website pages that transpire to generally be complete beneath, from our standpoint are undoubtedly properly worth checking out…

  19. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we arrived across a great internet site you can benefit from. Acquire a look if you’d like…

  20. Gems {from the|in the|from your|through the|with the|within the} {internet|web|world wide web|net|online|world-wide-web|online world|word wide web|on-line|on line|web-based}…

    highly handful of internet sites that come to pass to become thorough underneath, from our point of view are certainly nicely well worth looking at…

  21. Gems {from the|in the|from your|through the|with the|within the} {internet|web|world wide web|net|online|world-wide-web|online world|word wide web|on-line|on line|web-based}…

    really very few sites that take place to get in-depth below, from our point of view are certainly effectively truly worth looking at…

  22. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we arrived across a wonderful resource site you might possibly love. Consider a glance if you need…

  23. {Read|Study|Examine|Go through|Browse|Read through|Learn|Check out|Look over|Look at} was {interesting|fascinating|intriguing|exciting|appealing|engaging|attention-grabbing|unique|remarkable|captivating|useful}, {stay|remain|keep|continue to be} {in …

    please head over to the internet sites we pursue, among them this a particular, while it represents our picks from your online…

  24. {Online|On-line|On the internet|On the web|On the net|On line|Internet|Over the internet|Via the internet|Web based|Using the web} {Article|Post|Write-up|Short article|Report|Posting|Piece of writing|Guide|Content|Document|Brief article}…

    The knowledge brought up while in the content are some of the best readily available…

  25. {Awesome|Amazing|Great|Wonderful|Brilliant|Magnificent|Fantastic|Impressive|Remarkable|Excellent|Spectacular} {website|web site|site|internet site|web page|webpage|web-site|online site|blog|websites|web pages}…

    The information stated in the article are a very few in the really preferred available…

  26. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we came throughout a interesting webpage that you just may love. Require a glance if you’d like…

  27. {Websites|Web sites|Internet sites|Sites|Internet websites|Web pages|Web-sites|Website pages|Online websites|Webpages|Internet sites} {worth|really worth|well worth|value|truly worth|worthy of|price|definitely worth} {visiting|going to|checking out|b…

    here are some inbound links to webpages that we hyperlink to as a result of we think they are really value browsing…

  28. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we came throughout a trendy web site you could possibly love. Get a look if you would like…

  29. {Superb|Excellent|Exceptional|Fantastic|Outstanding|Wonderful|Great|Amazing|Terrific|Very good} {website|web site|site|internet site|web page|webpage|web-site|online site|blog|websites|web pages}…

    invariably a major fan of linking to bloggers that I enjoy but really do not get a lot of link cherish from…

  30. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we came across a amazing web page that you can love. Get a glance in order for you…

  31. {Sites|Websites|Web sites|Internet sites|Web-sites|Web pages|Online websites|Online sites|Webpages|Internet websites} we Like…

    Nearly every when in a even while we pick weblogs that we check out. Listed beneath will be the most current sites that we pick out…

  32. {Cool|Awesome|Great|Amazing|Interesting|Neat|Fascinating|Trendy|Nice|Wonderful|Fantastic} {sites|websites|web sites|internet sites|web-sites|web pages|online websites|online sites|webpages|internet websites}…

    we came throughout a amazing site which you can appreciate. Require a glance if you’d like…

LEAVE A REPLY