Today, smart phone addiction is a phenomenon becoming more and more common but also as damaging as any other addiction, such as alcohol or gambling. It's normal to see all the people obsessively looking at their phone screens all the time, checking-in on FB, tweeting, sharing something on instagram regardless of place: on the bus, at the office, in toilet, while walking on the street, or even on a date! It's so serious that some people experience anxiety and stress due to the fear of not having access to a mobile phone. So, Nomophobia is a term introduced to conceptualize this phenomenon.
1. Nomophobia, a recently introduced term, is an abbreviation for "no-mobile-phone phobia"
2. People with nomophobia tend to be anxious when they "lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage".
3. According to YouGov's study, nearly 53% of mobile phone users in Britain suffer from nomophobia.
4. Same study also found that about 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from the phobia.
5. More than one in two nomophobes never switch off their mobile phones.
6. Additional 10% reported that they feel stressed when their mobile phones are off.
7. Other studies have shown that phone addiction caused by nomophobia, is negatively affecting the capabilities of human memory.
8. Having a source of near omniscience in their pockets, such people typically fail to remember simple things, including phone numbers of their family members!
9. Getting more and more dependent on mobile devices to access and keep information, such people use mostly their short-term memory for daily tasks and it weakens their long-term memory capacity.
10. It's also known that Nomophobic behavior reinforces social anxiety and social phobia