The island kingdom has been diagnosed with MAIDS (Mobile And Internet Dependency Syndrome) according to new UK research from Lloyds TSB. Two thirds of those surveyed (63 per cent) admitted that they feel concerned if they leave their mobile phone at home and three quarters (72 per cent) worried if they are unable to check their emails for a day.
At the extreme end, three per cent admitted to feeling completely freaked out and panicky if they leave their mobile phone at home with a further one per cent suffering physical symptoms of panic – such as sweaty palms and a racing heart.
When asked what they would do if they were half an hour from home before realising they’d forgotten their phone, 15 per cent said they’d make time to go back and collect it, would get a partner, friend or family member to bring it to them or would send a courier to pick it up.
Dependency on e-mail access is just as great, with five per cent admitting that they become very stressed when deprived of checking their inbox.
Those aged between 16 and 24 are the most dependent on their mobile phone. A third (33 per cent) stated that they would take action to get their phone back if they left it at home compared to just one in 10 (nine per cent) of over 55s.
The younger generation are also the most dependent on email with those aged between 16 and 24 being the most worried if they cannot check their messages. Nearly a fifth (19 per cent) said they’d be concerned or stressed compared to just 13 per cent of over 55s.
Reasons respondents gave for feeling concerned when they don’t have their mobile phone or can’t read their email:
- Fear that people won’t be able to get hold of them and will be worried (34%)
- Worry that they’ll be missing out on important business calls and correspondence (18%)
- Concern that plans will change and they’ll be out of the loop (12%)
- Afraid of missing out on important social calls and invitations - did the palace phone?(11%)
To quote William Shatner (aka Captain Kirk), joking about obsessive Star Trek fans: “get a life”.