By Sarah Kingsbury
In the 29th episode the iPhone Life team interviews associate professor Ana-Paula Correia from Iowa State University on Nomophobia, i.e., No Mobile Phone Phobia. Other topics include how to password protect Notes, apps for photo sharing, and iCloud backup.
Here is the Nomophobia questionnaire Correia developed, so you can assess your levels of Nomophobia at home!
For each of the questionnaire statements listed below, you need to indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement in relation to your smartphone. Answer on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being strongly disagree and 7, strongly agree). When you're done, total your score by adding the numbers: the higher the number, the more severe your nomophobia.
Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement in relation to your smartphone.
- I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.
- I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.
- Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.
- I would be annoyed if I could not use my smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.
- Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me.
- If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic.
- If I did not have a data signal or could not connect to Wi-Fi, then I would constantly check to see if I had a signal or could find a Wi-Fi network.
- If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.
- If I could not check my smartphone for a while, I would feel a desire to check it.
If I did not have my smartphone with me . . .
- I would feel anxious because I could not instantly communicate with my family and/or friends.
- I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.
- I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls.
- I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends.
- I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.
- I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken.
- I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity.
- I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.
- I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.
- I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages.
- I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.