Don’t Lose Your Smartphone!

Smartphones don’t just walk off or get shot into the night sky like a firework. But something apparently happens in July that does cause them to go missing. July is second only to December in terms of losses, the likeliest days being Fridays and Saturdays, and the likeliest hour being 6 p.m. This breaking news comes from data-backup firm Mozy.com’s survey of 3,500 people in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Ireland.

Another strange tidbit: Americans are twice as likely as Germans to lose a laptop. And, “New York, Chicago and Atlanta form the Bermuda Triangle of the U.S.,” the report states, “with more items lost here, per capita, than other parts of the country.”

Turns out there’s a good reason for losses in July and December. Gytis Barzdukas, senior director of Mozy product management, attributes this phenomenon to our distractedness during the transition from work to nighttime activities, which “creates the perfect environment for loss.” July’s peak is blamed on Independence Day festivities and travel–losing things while on vacation. December’s is also due to the holidays.

No word yet about the reasons for that Bermuda Triangle of lost stuff… or Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman or the Tooth Fairy.

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