Scared of being without your mobile phone? You’re not alone.
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center report, more than 90 percent of Americans own a cellphone — with 64 percent owning a smartphone, up from 35 percent in 2011. Mobile devices are not just used as communication devices that keep us in touch with friends, family and coworkers — but they are relied upon to check the weather and latest news, daily schedules, help navigate from place to place, shop online, and even diagnose an illness.
As mobile phones become more and more ingrained in the day-to-day lives of Americans, it is no surprise that nomophobia, an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia,” is on the rise.
When separated from their cellphones, those who experience nomophobia experience symptoms similar to other anxiety disorders, such as intense feelings of panic and the inability to focus.
More than 60 percent of participants in a 2013 survey conducted by Harris Interactive said they would be upset if they left home without their mobile phone and would return home to retrieve it — even if they were just out for a quick trip to the store.
To find out just how severe you are of being without your phone, take this questionnaire, developed by researchers at the Iowa State University.
Do you have “no-mo-phobia”?
Respond to the following statements on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). Calculate your score by adding the responses to each item. Higher scores corresponded to greater severity of nomophobia.
1. I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.
2. I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.
3. Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.
4. I would be annoyed if I could not use my smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.
5. Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me.
6. If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic.
7. 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.
8. If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.
9. 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:
1. I would feel anxious because I could not instantly communicate with my family and/or friends.
2. I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.
3. I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls.
4. I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends.
5. I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.
6. I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken.
7. I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity.
8. I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.
9. I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.
10. I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages.
11. I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.
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