Nomophobia, the fear of not having your mobile phone with you. Apparently a lot of people suffer from it nowadays. With all these great apps and features our smartphones has, it has become hard to live without it.

Time magazine did a study about this with 5000 participants. (Americans, Britons, South Koreans, Chinese, Indians, South Africans, Indonesians, and Brazilians) Results were pretty shocking:

  • 84 percent said they couldn’t survive a day without their cellphones.
  • 50 percent of Americans sleep with their phone right next to them.
  • 20 percent said they check their phone every 10 minutes.

Another study confirmed these findings, and had some interesting ones to add. Facts concerning where we use our phones.

  • Apparently nearly 40 percent use their phones on while sitting on the toilet.
  • 30 percent confessed they check their phones while having a meal with others.
  • Although very dangerous, 24 percent said they check their phones while driving.

These studies make you think. Are we using our phones to much? It sure seems that we are addicted. But who’s to blame for all this? Is it our own fault or are the app developers tricking us so they can make a lot of profit? It think it’s a bit of both. There are great apps out there that really can improve our lives. However moderation is key. We don’t need an app for everything. Also a good app can work autonomously and don’t need a user to check on it every 10 minutes. If it does, I think it is likely that it is just an app to make someone rich rather than make your live easier.

I wouldn’t say I am addicted to my phone. I could live without it for a day, maybe even a week. But I sure feel that some features can make you dependent off your phone. How do you guys experience this? Are you addicted to your phone?



6 thoughts on “Nomophobia

  1. I also can’t live without my cell phone, I do think that people are too much reliable on their cell phones.
    I think nowadays to many things are done using your smart phone, like for example banking on a phone or other personal data that is not encrypted enough.
    A lot of data is just ready to read out and a lot of hackers are very eager to see all that data, so I think the smartphone and app’s market is too booming and when something is to booming, bad people are very interested in it. All the smartphone users don’t think enough about all the permissions they give to some apps and this is very important when you decide to install an app.
    Who would have thought that nowadays a smartphones needs to have an anti-virus program to be a bit more safer.

    • You are absolutely right on that one. But people with bad intentions have always be interested in things where they can reach a lot of persons at the same time. They will always do, so does that mean we need to stop using our phones? Sure data protection can always improve but would banks allow phone banking if they knew it was really not safe? Online banking exist for a longer time. I suspect they use similar features in phone banking?

      • yes I think it is just an app that does the same thing as online banking on your home computer. But the problem is that you most of the time save your passwords and logins so it is very easy to log in as someone else when they write a simple spy-app.

  2. Personally I think the risk is smaller. With smartphone a spy-app is more noticeable. On a computer there are A LOT more processes that are running at the same time. Lots of them nobody knows about. If my smartphone get loaded with spy apps I would notice it more easily I think. A drop in performance will be inevitable.

    • It can be very unnoticeable, I saw a telefacts report about that. You would be surprised what they can do to get in your phone. Some companies even sell smart phones that have special spy devices in it to spy on your loved one as an example. All very good concealed and unnoticeable and even in a valid packaging.
      (Here is the intro-video I found of it:, I couldn’t find the full report)

      Also something else I remember of that report, never sell your smart phone second hand. Just resetting to factory settings is not enough to delete all your data so use special software to delete you data permanently if you do want to sell your phone.

      • Yes you are right! I heard the same about photocopiers. There is drive inside it that logs everything you ever scanned or copied. So remove or erase it before you sell or trow it away.

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