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Nomophobia affects 66 percent of survey takers, British company says

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If the thought of being in a area with no cell phone reception or, worse yet, losing your phone makes your heart drop into your stomach, you're not alone.

The survey skewed drastically toward people in the 18-24 age range; 77 percent said they felt nomophobic. (Photo: Samuel Corum)

In fact, according to one survey, you're in the majority.

The survey, put on by the British mobile security company SecurEnvoy, shows that out of 1,000 people asked, 66 percent of them suffered from what's called "nomophobia," or a fear of being without mobile phone contact.

In Northwest D.C., Abagail and Hannah Knapp say they'd be lost without their gadgets.

"I can pull up the map, I use it to pay my bills, I buy Groupons, check my email...and we've used the Metro map several times today," Abagail said.

But for Hannah, she had to give up 24/7 connectivity the hard way - her phone broke.

"I do feel withdrawals still, and it has been about four months," she said.

A deeper look at the stats revealed that 70 percent of the women in the survey, versus 61 percent of the men, said they feel anxious about not having use of a cell phone. Meanwhile, the age of people affected by nomophobia skews young, the survey says.

SecurEnvoy's survey concluded that 77 percent of people in the 18-24 age range felt nomophobic.

For Lajuana Bradford, all the connectivity is a blessing and a curse, especially when it comes to keeping in contact with her daughter.

"It's one more stress factor in your stressful life, but it's less stress knowing that she can connect with me anytime," Bradford said.

41 percent of those surveyed also had two or more cell phones at their disposal.

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