Are You a Nomophobe? Probably.

Posted on December 1st, 2014 by

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Yup, you heard that right; the fear of being out of contact with your phone. We know this may sound ridiculous, but it’s more common than you might think. In fact, Nomophobia affects more than 40% of the American population. I guess we shouldn’t be so shocked, we rely on our smartphones for everything from saying, “I love you” to breaking up, from checking bank account balances to seeing how far the stocks have fallen, from sending photos of desserts to browsing Facebook. We can carry out a plethora of tasks everyday, right from the palm of our hand.

At the dinner table it’s becoming the norm to constantly check for texts, emails, tweets and status updates. In a darkened theater, there are always several who are “multi-tasking” while watching the movie. Over dinner, in church or (unfortunately) driving, there really isn’t anything that stops us from staying connected to our phones. In fact, when separated from our phones, 73% of the people surveyed said they feel “panicked,” while more surprising still, 7% reported literally feeling sick.

Of particular importance to us here at HZO, the survey shows that 12% of people are using their smartphones in the shower, and 40% use them on the toilet, which most definitely contributes to the almost 20% of people who lose their smartphones due to toilet water damage. With all the anxiety and fears going around concerning smartphone separation, with HZO Protection, at least losing your phone to water damage will not be one of them!

This rush of anxiety and fear that comes from feeling disconnected can come from a dead battery, forgetting your phone or worst of all: the horror of losing your phone. I bet some of you got nervous just reading those words, right? According to another poll by SecurEnvoy, 70% of women have phone separation anxiety, as well as 61% of men. Now we doubt that nomophobia will show up in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders) anytime soon, but the anxiety revolving around smartphones – or lack thereof – is very real.

According to Psychology Today, nomophobia or being without a phone connection is social in nature. In other words, it’s not so important that your boss wants that report on his desk at 10 AM. But it is very import to know that Kate had a great weekend in Cape Cod. So, it’s not surprising that nearly 75% of the participants indicate that they are never more than five feet away from their smartphone at any given time.

All in all, we live in a tech savvy world. There are endless things that our phones are capable of doing that until recently were unimaginable, and HZO is at the forefront of these innovations. We are proud of the fact that we are changing where and how people use electronics, and we love that we offer more freedom and less anxiety – well, at least as far as damage is concerned – for consumers. As technology lovers and users, we are offenders just like anyone else, but these recent studies have been a great reminder that it is possible to live without our smartphones, even if it is only for 10 minutes.

Trust us, Kate’s trip to Cape Cod will still be awesome even if you don’t find it about it until tomorrow.

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