The new term Nomophobia is a 21st century term coined for those persons who become addicted to their cell phones or other smart device. NO Mobile Phone phobia the long form for Nomophobia is the fear of not being able to use the device. Cell phone dependence is rising constantly. There is a growing proof that the smartphone and internet addiction is injuring our minds.
One can rate oneself from the scale of 1 (completely disagree) to 7 (strongly agree) and add your score if partaking the challenging quiz for smartphone addiction. According to Caglar Yildirim, an assistant professor of human computer interaction who created the scale for use in his research at State University of New York at Oswego, says that a score of 20 or less than that indicates you are not an addict, a score of 20 to 60 signifies mildly Nomophobic, and a score of 61 to 99 means that you cannot survive without your phone.
The point of concern is when it starts affecting your personal life. The cases of severe anxiety mean that this may have an adverse effect on your life and relationships with your family and friends. Those who have scored excessive on the test inclines to evade face to face conversations, have great risk of social anxiety and may even suffer from depression.
He also added that this may have a reverse impact on the studies because the desire for being connected with your smartphone forever is the strongest. If any of the above symptoms are applicable to you then one should pay attention to one’s behavior and level of anxiety.