Nomophobia is a proposed name for the phobia (intense, irrational fear) of being out of mobile phone contact. It is, however, arguable that the word “phobia” is misused and that in the majority of cases it is another form of anxiety disorder. (Source: Wiki)
With the changes of technologies, new challenges are coming up on a daily basis. New kinds of phobias have emerged, the so-called techno-phobias. Since the first mobile phone in the market in 1983, it has become one of the mainstreams in the majority of societies. Shambare, Rugimbana & Zhowa (2012) claimed that cell phones are “possibly the biggest non-drug addiction of the 21st century,” and that colleges students may spend up to nine hours every day on their phones that can lead to dependence on such technologies as a driver of modern life and an example of “a paradox of technology.” that is both freeing and enslaving.
A survey conducted by SecurEnvoy showed that youngsters and adolescents are more likely to suffer from nomophobia. The same survey reported that 77% of the teens had anxiety and worries in the case of being without their mobile phones, followed by the 25-34 age group and people over 55 years old. Some psychological predictors to look for in a person who might be suffering of this phobia are: “self negative views, younger age, low esteem and self-efficacy, high extroversion or introversion, impulsiveness and sense of urgency and sensation seeking.
Among students, frequent cell phone usage has been correlated with decreases in GPA grade point average and increased anxiety that negatively impacts self-reported life satisfaction (well-being and happiness) in comparison to students with less frequent usage. GPA decreases may be due to the over-use of cell phone or computer usage consuming time and focus during studying, attending class, working on assignments, and the distraction of cell phones during class. Over-usage of cell phones may increase anxiety due to the pressure to be continually connected to social networks and could rob chances of perceived solitude, relieving daily stress, that has been linked as a component of well-being. (Source: Wikipedia)
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