How much do you value your smartphone? With how much those things cost these days, it would be silly not to take good care of them. That is, unless you have tons of cash to burn, and you don’t mind. I don’t know if it’s sheer negligence or simple absentmindedness, but it seems that a lot – too much, actually – of smartphones are lost on a daily basis.
I just ran across this infographic detailing the numbers on smartphone loss. Titled “The World of Lost Smartphones”, the infographic is the creation of Lookout Mobile Security. They provide solutions to protect your smartphone – from virus and malware protection to backup and restore functions to location tools.
The infographic predicts that, in the United States alone, about $30 billion worth of smartphones will be lost. That’s a whopping load of money that can feed entire nations!
Looking at the whole world, phones are lost daily – $7 million worth of phones. Also, it seems that during the busiest holiday of the year – Christmas – the numbers go up.
Now if you are the kind of person who likes going out at night, say between 9 PM and 2 AM, be extra careful. This window provides the highest likelihood of losing your smartphone. I suppose that alcohol consumption might have something to do with that…
There are also places that pose higher risks of losing your phones. Think: grocery store or supermarket, fast food restaurant, pizza place, coffee shop, and even church! (So much for people who go to church, huh?)
In the United States, be careful if you are in Philadelphia and Seattle, as they are the places where you are most likely to lose your phone. As for the world record, Manchester in England have the best (or worst) numbers when it comes to losing smartphones.
Here is the infographic for your stat viewing pleasure.