Short Bytes: Finally, you can know how severely you are suffering from nomophobia- or the no mobile phobia. Nomophobia is the fear of being away from the mobile contact. Iowa State University researchers have developed a questionnaire to determine what level nomophobe you are.
So basically most of us are nomophobes with only a difference in the severity of addiction. Now don’t deny this. An American school has even added a texting lane to one of its staircases for the cellphone addicts. You know what, people suffering from smartphone fever or nomophobia do weirdest things!
Iowa State University researchers have developed a questionnaire to determine you level and severity of nomophobia. Now, it is stated that nomphobia is a fear of losing the smartphone (or refrain from using), not able to reply the messages is among a few fears and the dependence on the smartphones- rather than the smartphone addiction.
Check out the questionnaire prepared by the Iowa State University researchers and see for yourself, how much of a nomophobe are you?
The participants should respond to the following statements on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). Calculate the total scores by adding your responses to each item. The higher scores corresponded to greater nomophobia severity.
- I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.
- I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.
- Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.
- 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 smart phone 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.
If I did not have my smartphone with me:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
So, what are your scores? Tell us in comments below.