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20 Signs You're Actually Addicted To Your Phone

May 14, 2015 2 min read

We've all been there. You leave your house, you're ready to take on the day, you arrive at your destination and suddenly you realize: your phone is at home. That feeling seem familiar? A new study on nomophobia (the fear of not having your mobile phone on you) is actually as legitimate of being afraid of heights. In order to to conduct this study, researchers at Iowa State University asked college-aged men and women to answer a series of questions to determine whether or not they were "dependent" on their devices. After extensive questioning, the researches developed a full questionnaire based on the answers given to help identify someone suffering from nomophobia. Nomophobia isn't in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the handbook that doctors use to diagnose someone with a mental health condition. However, the study authors hope that their findings will help nomophobia make its way into the DSM one day. So - now let's play a fun game and answer the study questions to see where we score in terms of our phone addictions. 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 in my smartphone 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. 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. H/T:  Women's Health

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