Being without a smartphone is hard for you? Then you might be suffering from no-mobile-phone-phobia, or nomophobia for short. The anxiety phenomenon is widespread.
A like here, a voice message there, and a quick check of the news in between: If you’re constantly on your smartphone, you’ll get used to it over time. Then it’s hard to be without it sometimes. For some people, this can trigger nomophobia (no-mobile-phone-phobia) – the exaggerated fear of cell phone failure and not being reachable.
According to a 2021 survey by Chinese electronics provider OnePlus, the fear of not having a working cell phone on hand rose sharply during the height of the covid pandemic – especially in the United Kingdom. At the time, 32 percent of Brits reported diagnosing themselves with nomophobia.
But the anxiety phenomenon is also a big issue in our latitudes, as a recent study by researchers at the Private University of Göttingen in Germany shows.
How do you feel when you can’t use your smartphone? Do you feel uncomfortable, or do you heartily dislike it? Is the feeling still normal – or do you have nomophobia? And if so: How badly? You can find out with the help of the questionnaire that the researchers also use in their studies. To do this, you have to indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements:
I would feel uncomfortable if I did not have constant access to information.
I would be annoyed if I couldn’t access information on my smartphone when I wanted to.
It would make me nervous if I couldn’t check messages on my smartphone.
It would annoy me if I couldn’t use my smartphone and its features whenever I wanted to.
A dead smartphone battery would scare me.
I would panic if I ran out of credit or reached my monthly data limit.
If I couldn’t receive mobile data or connect to Wi-Fi, I’d constantly check to see if I could have a signal again or find a Wi-Fi network.
If I couldn’t use my smartphone, I’d be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.
If I couldn’t look at my smartphone for a while, I would need to check it.
If I didn’t have my smartphone with me, …
… I would feel anxious because I could not communicate with my family and/or friends immediately.
… I would worry because my family and/or friends would not be able to reach me.
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