One third of mobile phone owners would notice they have lost their phones within 15 minutes, a survey has found.
The research, carried out on behalf of SecurEnvoy, also found that younger mobile phone owners were more likely to notice their phone had gone missing sooner, with 28 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds saying they would notice within five minutes. Only 13 per cent in the 55-plus age range said they would notice.
According to the survey, men would notice their phones had gone missing quicker than women, with 40 per cent saying they would notice within 15 minutes, compared to 29 per cent of females.
SecurEnvoy co-founder Steve Watts said the figures suggested that mobile phones had become part of the “national psyche, with people carrying them around much in the same way as they carry their wallets and purses”.
“The clear trend is that the younger a person is - and the more steeped in the digital culture they are - the more use and awareness they have of their mobile handset, resulting in mental alarm bells ringing if they find their prize possession missing, for whatever reason.”
The volume of data carried on mobiles, including contacts, text plus picture messages, and the ‘life’ of its owner, was “steadily rising”, Watts said.