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Nomophobia... A new word or a new psychological problem

Nomophobia (no-mobile-phone-phobia) is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power. A phobia is by definition an irrational fear.

A 2014 survey was developed at the University of Iowa.

Please indicate how much you disagree or agree (on a scale of 1 to 7) with each statement in relation to your smartphone.

Disagree Strongly                          1
Disagree Moderately                     3
Don’t Agree and Don’t Disagree  4
Agree Moderately                          5
Agree Strongly                               7


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 power 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,

10. I would feel anxious because I could not instantly communicate with my family and/or friends.

11. I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.

12. I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls.

13. I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends.

14. I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.

15. I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken.

16. I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity.

17. I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.

18. I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.

19. I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages.

20. I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.



Add up the scores for all 20 questions.

Mild nomophobia           =   scores of 21-59
Moderate nomophobia  =   scores of 66-99
Severe nomophobia       =   scores ≥ 100

Mar 13, 2018 6:21 PM
Comments · 15
I don't own a smartphone. Does that mean I have a mophobia? :-P 
March 14, 2018

One person's irrational is another person's rational.

March 14, 2018

I feel these things about my computer in general, but I have never gotten addicted to the phone.  I answer phone calls all day at work, at home my philosophy is "If I wanted to speak to you, I would have called you already".  Definitely like to be plugged in to news, my games, books, etc...


March 14, 2018


You are quite right.

There have been many accidents caused by distracted pedestrians, people walking and paying attention only to their phones (this also includes 'walking and texting', wexting).

There are many videos showing the accidents:

March 14, 2018
I was sure that smartphones were invented to make our life more comfortable. To some extent, they carry out their mission properly. It is just amazing when you don't have to go to the library to find the information you need right now or can make a video call to your friend who is a thousand miles away. And again all the educational programmes are on the instant access which is fantastic. However, anything good that was ever created could be misused. It really drives me round the bend when, say, in an overcrowded bus people are listening to music with their earplugs on. Not only do I have to listen to their music too thanks to those cheap $3 pair Chinese merchandise but I simply can't get past them without poking them in the ribs which is really rude. The other thing that caught my attention is that most of the time people are busy with playing games on their smartphones rather than doing "smart" things. I don't think that there is something wrong with playing games but being deeply involved in the process they can easily get themselves in an accident. And it doesn't refer to drivers only. The other day I saw a teenager was doing something in his smartphone stepped out to the traffic area and was hit by a car. Isn't it scary? I know that it wouldn't be possible to imagine the world without smartphones but is it really worth it to become a nomophobic? I doubt it.           
March 14, 2018
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