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nomophobia
24 May 2021
by Sharon

what is nomophobia?

Nomophobia (short for ‘no mobile phobia’) is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone. It can cause physical side effects such as panic attacks, dizziness, trembling, sweating and so on. These side effects can be very damaging to a person’s mental and physical health.

According to studies, 58% of men and 48% of women suffer from the phobia. A study made by Sensis found that the most popular place to use the internet continues to be in the home. It also states that 8 out 10 people (79%) use the internet for social media. It’s also likely that lockdowns will have prompted an increase of time on the internet and social media too  - although research is still yet to fully confirm this.


are you addicted to your smartphone?

As a result of this unhealthy relationship with technology, many issues can occur. According to studies 80% of people have experienced false vibration and around 30% have heard ringing that is purely non-existent, this is called Phantom vibration.

Phantom vibration is a phenomenon where phone users perceive their device to vibrate due to a call or text incoming, when in fact the phone did not vibrate at all. This is why people who are addicted to technology have the tendency to check their phones for any reason.

Have you experienced phantom vibration or a tendency to check your phone for no reason? If so, it may be time to start taking breaks from your devices to build a healthy relationship with your technology.


how can we help?

This is exactly where techtimeout comes in to help, we aim to solve this issue by first acknowledging the brilliance of technology but also striving to have a healthy relationship with it.

Here at techtimeout we offer the tools, techniques and support to help you log out and take a break. One way to achieve this is by take part in our #techtimeout10 challenge.

To find out more about the techtimeout10 challenge click here.


Nomophobia: A Rising Trend in Students | Psychology Today

Sensis Social Media Report

Why you think your phone is vibrating when it is not - BBC Future