As time progresses, many changes develop in society. For instance, fashions change, tastes change, habits change, and norms change as well. One of the biggest changes that has taken place over the years is the increase in dependency on technology and cell phones. According to an article, dated from from 2000 to 2004, there has been a 50% increase in the use of cell phones, ranging from 40 million to 60 million (Shuvra Mahmud). That was ten years ago, so the changes now must have increased even more. Similar to the increase in cell phone usage, there has also been an increase in the belief and diagnosis of nomophobia, the fear of being without a person’s cell phone. Although some scholars have argued that nomophobia is merely a high engagement of cell phone usage, various studies suggests that nomophobia is an actual phobia and that company advertisements are a probable cause for it.
The prefix “nomo” refers to no mobile, “phobia” refers to the having a fear, and so ultimately nomophobia means the fear of not having a cell phone. According to various researchers, nomophobia is a rising illness. In a survey of approximately 3800 people, the researchers found out that 9 out of 10 people suffered from nomophobia. Nomophobia has a wide variety of symptoms, some of which include: fear of being away from a cell phone, fear of cell phone battery dying and preventing a person from using his/her cell phone, fear of going somewhere without his/her cell phone, etc. Another common sign of nomophobia is constantly wanting to charge the battery to ensure that a person has means of a working cell phone at all times. As a result a person can suffer from sleep deprivation and even have a lack of social skills. Furthermore, nomophobia can make a person socially awkward and intimidated when talking to people in person when compared to talking to people over the phone or online. Along with these symptoms and effects, there are also various treatments for nomophobia.
There are various studies that have been conducted in order to prove that nomophobia is a real illness. For instance in a scholarly article, King et al. describes the study they conducted to provide evidence of nomophobia. Through the experiment, they were able to discover that nomophobia can cause anxiety, discomfort, stress, and a lack in social communication skills. The authors conducted the experiment by examining a participant in their study who felt those symptoms after being dependent on technology. The authors also describe the solution they provided for the participant, in which the participant attended social groups and was required to have more face-to-face communication. The experiment overall demonstrates the various symptoms and solutions of nomophobia and provides support on nomophobia being a real illness.
Another scholarly article that provides support for the existence of nomophobia is based on an experiment conducted by Dr. Sanjay Dixit et al. In the case study, the authors conducted...