We all know that nagging fear when we accidentally leave our cell phone behind. Our entire life is on there — contacts, numbers (who even remembers whole phone numbers anymore?), the INTERNET — and when we don’t have it we feel like a part of us is missing.
A select (and growing) number of people in the modern world are straight-up addicted to their phones, enough to the point where not having it on their physical person can cause extreme distress. Ah, the world we live in.
This state of mental anguish has even been given a name now: nomophobia (as in “no-mobile-phone phobia”). It can manifest to various degrees, from mild discomfort to full-blown panic. It isn’t necessarily unhealthy, but it can be. Women are 3.6 times more likely to experience nomophobia than men, according to a recent study.
So are you a nomophobe? Here’s a test to find out:
Rate how much you agree with each statement below on a scale of 1 – 7, with 1 being “I strongly disagree” and 7 being “I strongly agree.” Add up your score at the end to find where on the scale you fit in.