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Study Reveals Our Addiction to Cell Phones

Do you feel anxious when your cellphone isn't nearby? Do you worry about losing your cellphone? Do you always need to keep your cellphone on? Do you obsessively check missed calls, emails, and texts?

If so, you may suffer from nomophobia, the fear of being without a working cellphone. The term, which is derived from no mobile phone, was first coined in 2008 by the U.K. Post Office. Research studies have revealed that almost 80 percent of people surveyed felt that their constant connectivity was "helpful," but other stats show that our cell phone obsession may be undermining our lives. For instance, the studies also revealed the following stats:

  • People check their cellphones an average of 34 times per day.
  • 66 percent of people fear losing or being without their cell phones.
  • 75 percent of people use their cellphones in the bathroom.
  • About 30 percent of people would rather leave the house without a credit card or cash than their mobile phones.
  • 55 percent of women would rather leave home without makeup.
  • 11 percent of respondents with would rather leave home without pants than their smartphones.
  • 63 percent said they would climb through trash to find a lost cellphone.
  • 25 percent said they would physically fight a thief to get their phone back.
  • 40 percent said they would start to miss their phone in less than an hour.
  • Nearly 50 percent of people between 18-44 admit to having used thier mobile devices to send suggestive pictures, while 31 percent have used their mobile device to "coordinate or commit adultery."
  • 30 percent of those surveyed said their mobile device has come between them and their spouse

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