People talk about feeling anxious when losing or forgetting their cell phones so much so that there’s now a word for the phenomenon: nomophobia. This term, coined about ten years ago, is used to describe the phenomenon of experiencing anxiety, distress, or general discomfort from not having your phone with you.
Study On Nomophobia
This year there was a study with 495 participants between the ages of 18-24 involving two sets of questionnaires. One asked about the participants’ dependence on cellphones and the other asked about symptoms related to mental disorders such as anxiety, feeling inadequate, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. This study found that the people who used their phones more every day had more stress symptoms when they were without them than those who used them less. People who had more symptoms of obsession-compulsion had more anxiety about leaving their phones behind. The research is inconclusive about exactly what causes the anxiety and distress when leaving phones behind, but the researchers believe that it is due to a fear of isolation, lack of communication, and a sense of not being part of a social network.
Keeping Cellphone Use To A Healthy Level
Cellphones provide us with a lot of great benefits for our daily lives: easy access to the internet allows us to have great access to information, communication with your family and friends at your fingertips, and the ability to access entertaining content all in our pockets. However, it is important to keep cellphone usage to a healthy level. One way to do this is to silence your notifications when you go to bed at night, as one of the signs of overdependence on cellphones is waking up in the night to check it. Another important measure to take is to not be on your cellphone during social situations and to enjoy the company of those around you.
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