Date
12 December 2017
Are you one of them? A Hong Kong research group is recommending mobile phone users set rules for themselves. Photo: Xinhua
Are you one of them? A Hong Kong research group is recommending mobile phone users set rules for themselves. Photo: Xinhua

Is your phone taking over your life? Read on

Ever imagined what it would be like if you left your mobile phone at home?

If it’s like having an anxiety attack, you’re one of the 70 percent of Hong Kong people who suffer from nomophobia, the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

In fact, a growing number of Hongkongers are feeling disconnected from the world without their mobile phone, according to the Hong Kong Research Association which did a survey of user behavior in March.

A random sample of 1,112 found 68 percent become anxious if they forget to bring their mobile phone, up 15 percentage points from last year.

About 23 percent spend five hours on their phones, up 5 percentage points, while 40 percent can’t stop using a mobile phone for a day, up 5 percentage points from last year.

Meanwhile, 56 percent use their handset in the washroom and 36 percent put it next to their bed at night, worried about being unreachable.

Thirty percent have used their mobile phones improperly, affecting social relationships and their own lives.

Although some mobile phone users are increasingly reliant on the device, 40 percent said using smartphones increases their workload and working hours.

The association is recommending users take stock of their mobile phone habit and set some rules for themselves such as leaving some periods free of these devices.

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