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Friday, 11 May 2012 10:18

Nomophobia- No Mobile Phone Phobia, is on rise among Cell phone Addicted….

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mobileMobile phone- is a latest addiction of  people, especially young generation.  Mobile or Cellphone had became an important component of modern life. Urban population is so much so dependant that they cannot think a day without their cell phone.  For an increasing number of people, staying connected to their cell phone had become an obsession.

Nomophobia-“NO MOBILE PHONE PHOBIA” -fear of being apart from own cell phone is on rise in, suggest the study conducted by company SecurEnvoy who deals with mobile technology.

Phobia suggests irrational fear. However, considering the increasing number of people who accepts that fear of losing their phone or staying without phone even for a few hours can cause a pang of anxiety, it would be not wrong to call it as ‘phobia’.

In a survey 66 percent of the people from UK confirm that they have it. Earlier in a similar survey 53 per cent people admitted the fear of losing their phone.

  • Young adults - aged between 18 and 24 - tended to be the most addicted to their mobile phones, with 77 per cent unable to stay apart for more than a few minutes, and those aged 25 to 34 followed at 68 per cent, reports Daily Mail.
  • The study showed that people on average check their phone 34 times a day. However, there are  people who are checking their phone about 50 times a day and even sleeps with it or keep it below their pillow, either to  check time or  mail.
  • People; even take their dear companion in bathroom. Mobile has replaced news paper for some. According to the study, 75 percent of people use their cellphones in the bathroom.

Expert says,
Dr. Mitch Spero, director of child and family psychologists in Broward County, said it was common to see problems arise because of cellphone use.
"Cellphones are tools that should be used to enhance our lives," he warned, "not to destroy our interpersonal communication skills with those that we love."

Andy Kemshall, co-founder of SecurEnvoy, said: 'A reversal on the 2008 findings is that, back then, it was men that were more afflicted yet today it's women.
'I'd be inclined to draw the conclusion that, perhaps because more men have two phones, they're less likely to misplace both and therefore be left phone-less.'

Wondering if you have Nomophobia? Check the warning signs
The Daily mail reports the warning signs of Nomophobia as below,

  • An inability to ever turn your phone off
  • Obsessively checking for missed calls, emails and texts
  • Constantly topping up your battery life
  • Being unable to pop to the bathroom without taking your phone in with you.

The following tips are suggested at Daily mail to avoid  the risk of losing the phone and get detached

The loss or theft of your phone

  • Carry your mobile phone out of view in a buttoned or zipped pocket or section of your bag
  • Avoid putting your mobile down in public places
  • Regularly create a back up of your address book on a spare mobile phone, SIM card or computer

Battery Failure

  • Make sure you charge your battery before you leave the house
  • Keep a spare battery charger at work
  • Buy a spare battery as a back up

Running out of credit

  • On pay-as-you go phones, check your balance and top up your phone regularly

Losing reception

  • Ensure your voicemail is personalised so that contacts know they have the right person

Keeping in contact while travelling abroad

  • Before travelling check with your provider to make sure that you can send and receive calls while abroad (and watch out for the extortionate internet data costs!)
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  • Comment Link Nasir Kamal Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:00 posted by Nasir Kamal

    Let's use this phenomenon to engage those afflicted with nomophobia in a comprehensive telemedicine and wellness program; let's reach them where they live via secure text messaging!

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