Precisely how you are reading this article could prove that you suffer from Nomophobia
You most likely suffer from Nomophobia if you are reading this article on your smartphone. Psychologists have been studying the phenomenon of smartphone addiction since 2010 and have coined the phrase Nomophobia to describe the epidemic. Global studies agree that around 66% of people living in industrialized countries suffer Nomophobia.
But what is Nomophobia? Nomophobia means “no-mobile-phobia.” It means you feel afraid without having your smartphone device with you at all times! Now, it is possible that you feel a little defensive when you read an accusation that you are some kind of addict. However, if you compare yourself to any of the following stats, you will have to admit that you are indeed under the spell of Nomophobia.
Does the following sound like you?
According to a Post Office UK study of 2,163 participants, 53% of smartphone users experience symptoms of anxiety when they lose their mobile phone, run out of battery/credit, or lose network coverage. How do you feel when you experience one of these?
Also according to the stats, you are more likely to feel anxious about the above things if you are male. 58% of male participants, compared to 47% of females surveyed suffer from Nomophobia.
When the researchers compared the measured stress levels of participants, they discovered something shocking. People with Nomophobia experience the same degree of anxiety as the average person anticipating a dentist visit!
A further 2016 study showed that 44% of smartphone users panicked at the idea of going a single day without their device. 23% admitted that they couldn’t go more than a few minutes between checking for notifications. Shockingly, 3% of study participants admitted to falling asleep with their device still in their hand!
What defines Nomophobia?
Iowa State University broke the criteria defining Nomophobia into four key areas:
- Not being able to communicate with people
- Losing a sense of “connectedness” to the world
- Losing access to instant information
- No longer able to experience the “convenience”
The worst demographic to suffer Nomophobia is iGen, the generation who were still in their early teens when smartphones were introduced.
Jean M. Twenge is a researcher who has been studying generational trends for 25 years. She coined the term “iGen” after studying the activities of this group. These young people have lived their entire lives in an internet run world and never have known any different.
Keep reading …