Researchers have shown that 66 per cent of the UK population suffer from nomophobia, which is the fear of being without their mobile phone.

First identified in 2008, the amount of recorded cases of nomophobia is on the rise, according to a recent survey conducted using OnePoll by SecurEnvoy.

Of the 1,000 respondents, 41 per cent – in an effort to stay connected – have two or more mobile phones.

It found that more women (70 per cent) are worried about losing their mobile phones than men (61 per cent).

Chief technology officer Andy Kemshall of SecurEnvoy said of the results: "What this study does highlight though, is the extent that people now rely on their mobile phones."

He added that that number of people afflicted with nomophobia has increased from 53 per cent in 2008 to 66 per cent now.

Such is the popularity of phones and tablets, recent predictions for the technology industry by Deloitte claimed that an increasing number of people that own tablets will look to buy a second device in 2012.

Posted by Claire Marshall

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