Nomophobia - Jan. 6, 2013

The dependency to have instant contact, web access and entertainment through the use of smartphones has created Nomophobia (no mobile phone phobia). The fear of being out of mobile phone contact affects mostly the 18 to 34 year old age group. Several studies on the fear of not having a phone have explained that the stress and anxiety levels associated with Nomophobia can be equivalent to a visit to the dentist or a wedding. Running out of power, losing your smartphone and not being able to connect are the worries of nomophobes.

Though it may be unclear what makes some of us have to send text messages while driving or make calls from peculiar places such as while using the restroom, Nomophobia may be playing a part behind the scenes as to what is making these individuals to have the constant need to use their phones.

As time goes on, Nomophobia is increasing. The no mobile phone phobia level is up to 66% from the 50% of four years ago. Some heavily rely on their smartphones for work and the fear of being out of mobile phone contact could jeopardize business.

Others do not believe that the fear of not having a phone causes anxiety as surveys have claimed and state that it is at a normal level of anxiety. Who do you feel is right? Do you need to have your smartphone always at full power, always be in the coverage area and have your smartphone equipped with GPS tracking and remote wipe? Let us know.

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