“Items worth billions go missing every year – but that doesn’t account for the emotional value placed on items or the content that may be stored on them.”
--Gytis Barzdukas, Mozy
With the average person losing 1.24 items a year and just half of them being returned, every three years each person will have two items that they never see again.
The average value of a lost item is $176.25 and the average person irretrievably loses $95.78 of stuff each year.
Across all five countries surveyed, that’s a total loss of more than $47 billion every year.
But that doesn’t take into account the emotional value attached to the lost items. Losing a smartphone filled with pictures of the owner’s children is likely to mean a lot more than simply losing the phone itself.
Similarly, losing a laptop filled with work information can damage not only the business you work for but also your career if the incident changes people’s perception of you.
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