Do you feel anxious if you leave your phone at home or have no signal or your battery has died?
You could have Nomophobia.
A new survey has found that three quarters of Brits can’t bear to be apart from their smartphone, with 73% of the 40 million smartphone-owning Brits getting anxious when they don’t have access to their device.
According to the study, the average Briton uses their phone 2 hours and 54 minutes a day but that’s nothing compared to 18 to 24 year olds who can rack up a huge 6 hours 17 minutes a day.
That’s Snapchat / Instagram stories for you.
Facebook is the biggest time zapper though, with an average of 23 minutes a day on the social media platform, followed by 17 and a half minutes spent texting, 17 minutes listening to music and 13 minutes making calls.
People are so addicted to their mobile, that one in ten admitted to checking their social media while at the cinema and 12% browsing their timeline when they were on a date.
Almost half 44% of respondents said they would be worse off without their smartphone with 15% saying they couldn’t live without it.
Over 700,000 Brits believe it has also gotten in the way of their sex life as well, which is probably why millennials aren’t having as much sex as their parents did when they were younger.
The most common reason for feeling anxious was:
Not being able to contact friends and family (52%)
Followed by being unable to be contacted (43%)
Being unable to check social media (18%)
Being unable to check the news (15%)
And being unable to take photos and videos (8%)