Are you one of those people who never turn off your cell phone? Do you have a panic attack if you think you have misplaced it? Do you become stressed out when you lose network connectivity?
Well then, it seems you may be suffering from Nomophobia. The Urban Dictionary defines Nomophobia as “an exaggerated, inexplicable, and illogical fear of being without a mobile device, power source, or service area“.
The term Nomophobia is an abbreviation for No- Mobile-phone phobia. You-Gov, a UK based research organisation, was commissioned by the UK Post Office last year, to take a survey relating to anxieties suffered by mobile phone users.
The study found that about 58 percent of men and 48 percent of women suffer from the phobia. An additional 9 percent feel stressed when their mobile phones are off.
Most of those surveyed said that not being able to keep in touch with friends or family was the main reason they got anxious when they could not use their mobile phones.
This new phobia has made its way to Indian society, too, as discovered in a study recently carried out on 200 students of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College at Indore.
The study said that “20 per cent of the respondents get irritated when there was congestion in the network and 69 per cent turn highly tensed when cell phone networks fails completely.”
“As per the survey, 15 per cent students had seen dreams in which they lost their mobile sets; twelve per cent said there was no life without cell phones.”
“The study revealed that usage of mobile phones was higher in female students compared to their male counterparts.”
New technology has brought many benefits to us and completely transformed our lives. But it seems that it has also brought new types of phobias, too!