How bad is your seperation anxiety from technology? Shutterstock.
Get the shivers at the thought of being without your smartphone?
You’re not alone.
A recent University of Missouri study found separation from your phone commonly led to real psychological and physiological effects.
There’s even a name for this separation anxiety – nomophobia (as in “no mobile phone” phobia). And now, adding to the research, a study from Iowa State University lets you test yourself to find if you truly suffer from smartphone addiction.
To devise the test, the researchers interviewed a small group of students about their relationships with their phones. This revealed the basic dimensions of nomophobia: being unable to communicate, losing connectedness, being unable to access information and giving up convenience. Further testing of the questionnaire on a large group of students showed it was a reliable scale for measuring the severity of nomophobia.
Find out how bad you own addiction is by taking the quiz.
How bad is your nomophobia?
Rate the following questions on a scale from one to seven (one = strongly disagree, seven = strongly agree). Add up your score: the higher the number, the more severe your addiction.
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.
3. Being unable to get the news (eg, 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.
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 WiFi, then I would constantly check to see if I had a signal or could find a WiFi 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.
If I did not have my smartphone with me:
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.
20. I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.