Lost Your Phone Youre Probably a Guy Infographic

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In the spirit of everything politically incorrect, let's talk about the superiority of women over men. OK, that's a stretch.

Let's talk about the documented, somewhat scientific finding that men can be much more irresponsible than women when it comes to losing their electronic devices.

That's the conclusion from TeamViewer, a provider of remote control and online meetings software. The company just announced the findings of its airbackup Employee Behavioral Study, which examined the behavior and attitudes of American office workers and how they affect on-the-job data loss.

Based on a sponsored Harris Poll of more than 2,000 American adults last month, men just can't keep their phones in their pockets.

Nearly half of employed men (46 percent) admit to being likely to lose the electronic device they use for work and all the important company files on it, compared to only 27 percent of employed women. And young men are the worst — with a whopping 60 percent of men ages 18 to 34 years-old owning up to likely device loss, compared to 30 percent of women in the same age group.

Wait, Where'd the Data Go?

Overall, one-third (37 percent) of employed Americans say they are likely to lose the electronic device (smartphone, tablet or laptop) they use for work. The most common places to lose devices include cars, restaurants, hotels and trains, buses and planes.

Nearly one-third (31 percent) of employees say they are concerned about losing data at work. But the study suggests that small and medium-sized businesses need to do more to increase awareness about data loss.

While nearly half of those who work at larger companies (101 to 500 employees) express concern about potential data loss, only one-third (33 percent) of those who work at a company with less than 10 employees are concerned.

But go figure: more than one-third (37 percent) of those working at a company with 101 to 500 employees admit to engaging in activities that put company files at risk. In contrast, only a quarter of those who work at a company with less than 10 employees and nearly a quarter (22 percent ) of workers at a company with 10 to 50 employees confess to such behavior.

The most common risky behaviors committed by workers include:

  • Failing to lock their computer when they leave their desk (16 percent)
  • Clicking on links from unfamiliar senders (10 percent)
  • Sharing passwords (10 percent)
  • Viewing questionable content on a company computer (8 percent)
  • Failing to store information on the server (5 percent)

Let's Go Back to Complaining About Men

OK, we hear you. Here is all the info you need to launch your own Battle of the Sexes in your own home or office.

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Original infographic designed for CMSWire by Jackie JordanTitle image by Duncan Hull  (Flickr) via a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.