Smartphone Separation Anxiety

Fomo?  Nomophobia?  Not part of your vocabulary yet?  It is happening to many of us at an alarming rate.  Fear Of Missing Out and fear of being out of mobile contact (Nomophobia) has many people unable to be away from their mobile devices. In the US, a full 66% of adults have nomophobia and the trend is on the rise worldwide.  In an article from Psychology Today, results from a study in the UK stated that "nearly 53 percent of mobile phone users in Britain tend to be anxious when they “lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage.”  (See the full article here).

 CTV News Winnipeg covered a story on this phenomonon as well:  Health Effects from Smartphone Separation.

One thing is for sure.  If you see yourself in this story, consider cutting back on smartphone time or you may be asking for major anxiety if you and your phone ever part ways.

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