Do you control your smartphone, or does your smartphone control you? Take this test to find out.
By Jourdan Travers, LCSW | December 21, 2023
Nomophobia, a portmanteau derived from "no mobile phone phobia," encapsulates the growing fear and anxiety associated with being without one's smartphone. In an era where digital connectivity is ubiquitous, this fear has become increasingly prevalent, impacting individuals across diverse demographics.
While not officially recognized as a distinct mental disorder, nomophobia has garnered attention from researchers and psychologists who seek to understand its implications on mental well-being in the context of our technology-dependent society. The pervasive influence of smartphones in our daily lives raises the question of how significantly nomophobia may be affecting individuals.
Identifying and measuring nomophobia is essential for quantifying the prevalence of this fear. Gaining insight into the scale of its impact on different demographics can help prompt a broader conversation about the societal implications of our dependence on technology.
Developed through rigorous psychological research, the Nomophobia Questionnaire comprises carefully crafted questions that delve into the emotional and behavioral aspects of smartphone dependency. By providing a standardized measure, the questionnaire enables researchers, psychologists, healthcare professionals and the general public to gain a comprehensive understanding of nomophobia's complexities.
As society grapples with the implications of our digital age, the Nomophobia Questionnaire emerges as a key instrument in unraveling the intricacies of our relationship with smartphones. Through such tools, we have means to pave the way for a more nuanced approach to mental well-being in the twenty-first century.
You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.
Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.
References: Yildrim, C. & Correia A. (2015). Exploring the dimensions of nomophobia: Development and validation of a self-reported questionnaire. Computers in Human Behavior, 49(2015). 130-137. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.02.059