LONDON (AFP) — Over half of Britons feel anxious when they lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit or have no network coverage, according to a survey published Monday.
Some 58 percent of men and 48 percent of women panic when they hit a problem with their cellphone, while nine percent of people feel stressed when they turn their mobiles off, it said.
Pollsters YouGov, commissioned by the Post Office, questioned 2,163 people online earlier this month.
Stewart Fox-Mills, head of telephony at the Post Office, said "nomo-phobia" -- which he used to mean a fear of being without a mobile phone -- was "very real for many people in the UK".
"We're all familiar with the stressful situations of everyday life such as moving house, breakups and organising a family Christmas but it seems that being out of mobile contact may be the 21st century's contribution to our already manic lives," he said.
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