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I only realised I was addicted to my iPhone when I lost it

Britons find the idea of losing their smartphone only marginally less stressful than the threat of terrorism
Britons find the idea of losing their smartphone only marginally less stressful than the threat of terrorism Credit:  Cultura/Axel Bernstorff

The first time I lost my phone, I spent £600 on a brand new one because I was told it would take two days to get a replacement model. Two days! Clearly, this was not an acceptable state of affairs.

“But we’re going to Devon for a week in the morning!” I wailed to my husband. “How can I be in Devon for a week without a phone?!”

My husband closed his eyes and took a deep breath, as if he was dealing with his toddler rather than his wife. He said that it didn’t really matter, given that getting reception in Devon involved walking for 25 minutes through mud to the top of a hill.

He said that if I was so attached to my phone, perhaps I shouldn’t have left it on the roof of the car after clipping our daughter into her seat. He said that if I’d been more careful, perhaps it wouldn’t now be in a hundred little pieces in one of the loading bays of Ikea, Croydon.

I shouted at him and ran to the nearest...

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