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Smartphone addiction studied in context of nomophobia

Scientists are looking into the growing issue involving the fear of having to be without a mobile device.

A new research study has begun in order to take a new look at smartphone addiction from the angle of “nomophobia”, which is the term they have given to “no mobile phone phobia”, where the individual is afraid to be without a mobile device.

The research found that the human brain has started to think about mobile devices in a similar way to a relationship.

What it determined is that smartphone addiction and nomophobia could be the result of an interpretation that the brain has in terms of the acquisition and retention of information that is treated the same way as a relationship with a human being. What this interpretation from the brain is doing is leading to feelings of distress or anxiety in some people when they don’t have their mobile device with them or when they don’t know where it is. It has also meant that many people have become highly dependent on their smartphones in order to be able to fulfill some of their basic needs and to complete certain everyday tasks.

People now have a smartphone addiction to the point that their safety, learning and connection with others depends on the device.

Smartphone AddictionThis dependence has expanded to the point that many people feel that without their devices, they would not be able to answer many of their question with regards to the state of their world and the people who are important to them. Moreover, the dependence that people have formed on those devices is on its way up. This helps to show why there could be psychological consequences from the relationship that has formed between people and their mobile devices.

For instance, previous research has found that when we continually have external sources of information available and we feel that we can rely on those resources to discover what we want about whatever subject we want, our motivation to acquire and retain knowledge about a subject will decline. This means that people will not focus as much on actually learning something when they know they’ll be able to look it up again later.

The research has found that in this way, our smartphone addiction has taught us to treat our mobile devices as relationship partners. Previous to these devices, we would usually first consult other people when we wanted to obtain information we didn’t know. Now, we rely on our devices and when those gadgets go missing or aren’t there, it gives us a distressed feeling.

Gadgets dependencies are leading to nomophobia

A study in the United Kingdom has revealed that many people fear having to live without mobile devices.

The results of a brand new study regarding the dependence that people in the United Kingdom have on their mobile gadgets has just revealed that over half of the population of that country suffers from a condition called “nomophobia”, in which the individual feels actual fear when thinking about having to live without his or her device.

This new anxiety condition goes well beyond simply thinking about a world without smartphones.

In fact, there are a number of different elements of being out of touch with the gadgets that can lead to symptoms of nomophobia. These can include having the battery run out, losing a cellular signal, or simply losing sight of the device. The term itself was developed as a short form for “no mobile phone phobia”. This term was originally coined in the United Kingdom following a YouGov study in which the anxieties related to mobile device use were examined.

This latest study only underscores what has previously been determined about dependencies on electronic gadgets.

Mobile Gadgets - NomophobiaThe latest survey was commissioned by AppRiver, which is a security analyst firm. This research found that among the respondents, 42 percent brought their mobile gadgets with them to the beach when they were on vacation, and that one fifth of them used their devices for checking their email when they were in bed.

One in every four of the participants in the mobile gadgets study also used their devices for checking emails and texts while they were out on a dinner date. It also revealed that it was women who were more likely to do this than men, by a difference of ten percent. Women were also 17 percent more likely to actually experience nomophobia.

Beyond those figures, the study also underscored the fact that while people seemed highly reliant on their gadgets, and they experienced fear when faced with situations when they would not be able to use their devices, they still had a notably low interest in the actual security of their device in terms of protecting their sensitive and private data.