March 22, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
How do I find a lost phone? Well, if you misplaced your device someone other than your house, there’s a good chance you lost it in a place full of drunk, screaming, overworked, caffeinated people.
Lookout Mobile Security has a new Mobile Lost & Found website that reveals stats on how and where smartphone owners are most likely to lose their beloved device. This seems like a way to promote its free phone Lookout Mobile Security app, which can track down a lost phone using geolocation and a linked website. Considering that Lookout has millions of users and a proven track record of success – it has saved me twice – I’m going to accept the opportunism and focus on the data.
Not surprisingly, the cities where people are most likely to lose a phone are in bustling metropolises where there’s a go-go-go mentality or lots of socializing that may lead to forgetting or misplacing a device. Users in Seattle, London, Prauge, Munich, Jakarta, and Delhi lose their phone as much as two times a year.
Mancunians are the biggest offenders, according to Lookout. Residents of Manchester, England are more likely to lose a phone than any other population in the world. People are a little more mindful of their possessions in Rome, where phones are lost once every 2 years; Chicago, every 3 years; and Seoul, every 4 years.
As for the locations where phones are lost most, coffee shops, offices, bars, and restaurants top the list. That makes sense considering those are the places people spend most of their time. And when people decide to celebrate or have a few drinks, like during Carnival or Mardi Gras, the number of lost phones spikes as well.
Lookout has an entire website that can show odds, costs, and hotbeds of lost phone activity. It can even narrow the list down to a city level in select markets. Visit MyLookout to see the data and read its methodology. For now, here’s a look at the Top 10 U.S. cities where someone loses a phone.
- Long Beach, CA
- Newark, NJ
- New York