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?