So where has the phrase nomophobia actually come from? Iowa State University decided to tackle this new mental anxiety head on. Caglar Yildirim, one of the study’s authors defines nomophobia as
“It refers to fear of not being able to use a smartphone … [and] it refers to the fear of not being able to communicate, losing the connectedness that smartphones allow, not being able to access information through smartphones, and giving up the convenience that smartphones provide.”
They have created 20 questions for readers to answer to see where they sit with their phone anxiety levels. The quiz asks people to respond to questions like “If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic” and “If I could not check my smartphone for a while, I would feel a desire to check it. This study was tested on 300 undergraduates and some of their key findings were:
“Four dimensions of nomophobia were identified: not being able to communicate, losing connectedness, not being able to access information and giving up convenience,”
Nomophobia is a very interesting concept – why are we so fascinated by it? Our lives are constantly surrounded by technology and being connected. When was the last time you turned off your phone before bed? We don’t seem to be able to let go.
Check out the questionnaire yourself and let us know in the poll below your results! How many to you relate to. The higher scores corresponded to greater nomophobia severity.
- I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.
- I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.
- Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.
- I would be annoyed if I could not use my smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.
- Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me.
- If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic.
- If I did not have a data signal or could not connect to Wi-Fi, then I would constantly check to see if I had a signal or could find a Wi-Fi network.
- If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.
- If I could not check my smartphone for a while, I would feel a desire to check it.
If I did not have my smartphone with me:
- I would feel anxious because I could not instantly communicate with my family and/or friends.
- I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.
- I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls.
- I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends.
- I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.
- I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken.
- I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity.
- I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.
- I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.
- I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages.
- I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.
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