Do you suffer from nomophobia?

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Sarah Tew/CNET)

Nomo-what?

Nomophobia is the fear of being without mobile contact (who knew such a term or condition existed?), and according to a new study from the U.K., two out of three people suffer from it.

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SecurEnvoy, a mobile authentication solution provider, sponsored the study and found that of the 1,000 people surveyed in the U.K., 66 percent were afraid of losing or being without their phone–a 13 percent increase from when the study was first conducted four years ago.

The increase is not a huge surprise, as cell phones and smartphones have become more and more prevalent, and as CNET’s Elizabeth Moore points out in her article, nomophobia is more likely about the anxiety one feels upon losing a phone or leaving it at home. Still, I worry a bit about how dependent we’ve become on our mobile devices.

Every day as I’m walking around San Francisco, taking the bus to and from work, or having dinner with a friend, I see people with their heads buried in their phone, completely oblivious to the world around them. Heck, we can’t even go to the bathroom without bringing our phones.

Now, I’ll admit I have a… [Read more]

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