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Nomophobia, a new Technology fear
Shikha Adya
August 28, 2015

Do you feel ragged when running out of a cell phone? Any fear or anxiety strikes you that very moment? Well, if your answer is Yes! Then Study says, You got gripped under “Nomophobia…”

Nomophobia is a fear of being out of cell phones. It starts with anxiety, fear, and can cause severe destruction on your mind leaving you depressed, angry, and feeling lonely all the time.

Is Technology proving a boon or bane for you! This has become the major subject to debate on.

In the new era of technology, tremendous innovations have risen up your lifestyle and mend the ways to its best. To its one side of the coin, acting as a life savior whereas the other end is dumping your life into a big hell.

Smartphones, I am sure everyone has and if don’t, must be planning to buy soon. Today, thousands of applications have overloaded your mind becoming a part of daily needs. Updates of weather Forecasting, Social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc is more essential than the meal you have. Apart from this, if are in a relationship, you know what I mean??? Then how money and battery go up and down is the matter of real concern!

But nothing can harm you much, till become habituated to the thing you always wanted to have. Full of fear, annoying acts, tempered personality, excitement, perspiration, shivering are some major symptoms of a person suffering from Nomophobia.

In 2010, a UK-based research organization examines these symptoms arouse in mobile phone users and you will amaze to listen that only in Britain 53% of cell phone users are Nomophobe who react rubbish when they lose their mobile phone, run out of battery, credit, or network coverage.

Recently, Caglar Yildirim, a Ph.D. student in human-computer interaction, and Ana-Paula Correia, an associate professor at ISU's School of Education have decided to identify four dimensions of this contemporary phobia. With the association of US researchers, the questionnaire has prepared to determine the score based results of Nomophobia developed in the country.

In the Questionnaire, participants were provided with a question list and their scores were calculated based on their responses 1 (Strongly disagree) to 7 (Strongly agree).

The list included the questions like “I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my Smartphone”, “Being unable to get the news (example happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.”

Moreover, other queries were like I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so. I would be annoyed if I could not use my Smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.

Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me. If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic. 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. If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere. If I could not check my smartphone for a while, I would feel a desire to check it… was some more detailed queries in the Questionnaire.

Additionally, there is another section which is headed with the line ‘If I did not have my Smartphone with me’ then I would feel anxious because I could not instantly communicate with my family and/or friends, I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.

Other questions were: I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls. I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends. I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.

Participants also answered: I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken. I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity. I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks. I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks. I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages. I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.

Friends! Go through these questions and score yourself. Nomophobia can attack any person at any time anywhere. So beware! Find some tranquility techniques like yoga, meditation to give your soul space from addicted tech things.