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America's Coffee Shops Are Black Holes For Cell Phones

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A study from mobile security company Lookout Projects reveals that food and beverage locations are the places of choice for Americans to lose their cellphones. Among the most common places for someone to leave their device: coffee shops (#1), bars (#2), restaurants (#4), and grocery stores (#6). Unsurprisingly, the study shows that people lose their phones most often at night — "67 percent of phones are located between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time" — when they are presumably out getting their drink on.

Among the other earth-shattering findings: "In London, the leading venue to lose your phone is a pub" and "many of the cities with highest rates of lost and stolen phones also were in the top ranks for the FBI's most recent crime statistics."

Here are Lookout's ten most common places for an American to lose their phone:

1. Coffee Shop
2. Bar
3. Office
4. Restaurants
5. Apartment & Condo
6. Grocery Store
7. Gas Station
8. Residential
9. Pharmacy or Drug Store
10. Park

· Lookout Projects Lost and Stolen Phones Could Cost U.S. Consumers Over $30 Billion in 2012 [Lookout Projects via The Tech Chronicles]
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