Do you know the biggest phobia in the world? It is “nomophobia” and it means “no mobile phone phobia”.

In a study conducted with 1,000 people in the UK, 66 percent said they felt the fear. Young adults – aged between 18 and 24 – tended to be the most addicted to their mobile phones, with 77 per cent unable to stay apart for more than a few minutes, and those aged 25 to 34 followed at 68 per cent.

What about you? Are you a nomophobe? If you are wondering how to respond to that question, a pair of social psychologists at Iowa State University can help you. They have put together a 20-item questionnaire designed to measure an individual's self-reported level of nomophobia.

So here you go. Answer the questions below and see for yourself if you are nomophobic.

You can respond to the questions on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). Total scores were calculated by adding the responses to each item. The higher scores corresponded to greater nomophobia severity:

  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.

References:

  • http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150826204309.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomophobia
  • http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/05/your-smartphone-codependence-quantified.html#
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2141169/The-biggest-phobia-world-Nomophobia–fear-mobile–affects-66-cent-us.html
  • http://www.kgns.tv/news/headlines/Watching-your-teens-smartphone-habits-290646801.html

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