To gauge if you are suffering from nomophobia (missing smartphone fear), scientists from Iowa State University have developed a set of questions to help you identify if you suffer from this.

In the study, participants were asked to respond to statements on a scale of one (strongly disagree) to seven (strongly agree).

Caglar Yildirim, a PhD student in human computer interaction at the Iowa State University (ISU), and Ana-Paula Correia, an associate professor in ISU's School of Education, identified four dimensions of this modern-day phobia.

These were: the fear of losing connectedness, not being able to communicate, not being able to access information and giving up the convenience, the university said in a statement.

The questionnaire includes statements such as "I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone" or "I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so"

The higher scores corresponded to greater nomophobia severity, the team noted in a paper published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.


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