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Mobile victims: You could be a Nomophobe…

With the boom of the smart phones hand in hand with social networks, the communications sector is growing arguably fast on the recent years. However, there are people suffering from anxiety attacks and anger when they forget their cell, they are victims of a so-called diseases 2.0: Nomofobia!

Read MoreA study ran by the UK Post Office found that people who forget their cell phone, who aren’t on the coverage area or are running out of battery, suffer similar stress as the experience of fear of feeling intense pain.

The Nomofobia term stands for the phrase “No Mobile Phobia” (Fear of not having cell) and according to the report published by the british government agency MyGov, 53% of mobile phone users may have it.

It is hard to imagine a world in which Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Android are not reference platforms to contact through the cell. It is also an indispensable tool for work, study or just be entertained by mobile applications.

According to the site DailyMailUK, 48% of women and 58% of men surveyed admitted experiencing feelings of anxiety when they run out of battery or credit, lose their phone or have no network coverage.

Although the study was done in Europe, might be appropriate to do in Mexico where so far there are about 91 million phones or even US, one of the greatest mobile consumers.

The British site also points out that those who wish to avoid the stress of staying “no signal” may choose to keep your balance at the top, bring the charger at all times, give to family and friends an alternative contact number and lead prepaid phone card to make emergency calls.

2.0 Disease

The nomofobia, which still is not considered a modern psychiatric disorder, may well be the newest member of the list of conditions encountered by the rise of mobile devices and the Internet.

An example of such disorders is the PCU (Pathological Computer Use). There is even a clinique for Online and Internet Addiction which seeks to create programs to “detoxify” people from excessive technology.

On the other hand, the China Youth Association for Network Development (CYAND) states that 30% of its 384 million netizens suffers Internet addiction.

For now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been limited to warn of the danger that certain radio frequency electromagnetic fields may be carcinogenic.

So, do you consider yourself as Nomophobe?

Tell us what you think.

Image source: http://forum.xcitefun.net/nomophobia-fear-of-being-out-of-mobile-phone-contact-t16001.html


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