Do You Suffer From iPhone Addiction? Take This Questionnaire to Find Out

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of contact with your mobile phone. It’s fairly new term that’s risen in popularity as our iPhones become more and more a part of our lives. Like with anything, there’s a balance to be struck. Here at iPhone Life, we recently did a podcast in which associate professor Ana-Paula Correia from Iowa State University came on to talk about the phenomena. Are you nomophobic? Do you have an iPhone Addiction that’s going unchecked? Take this questionnaire to find out.

This questionnaire was developed by Correia to evaluate how far down the nomophobia rabbit hole you’ve gone. I recommend taking out a piece of paper and pen or opening up a Notes or Calculator app on your iPhone to easily tally up your score.

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Do You Have an iPhone Addiction?

Instructions:

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.

  1. I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.

  2. I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.

  3. Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.

  4. I would be annoyed if I could not use my smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.

  5. Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me.

  6. If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic.

  7. 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.

  8. If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.

  9. 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 . . .

  1. I would feel anxious because I could not instantly communicate with my family and/or friends.

  2. I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.

  3. I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls.

  4. I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends.

  5. I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.

  6. I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken.

  7. I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity.

  8. I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.

  9. I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.

  10. I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages.

  11. I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.

 

The highest score possible is 133 and the lower possible score is 19. Corriea didn’t give us a scale to indicate how high is too high, but to easily evaluate your score, here’s a breakdown of ranges from “You’re Fine” to “Go on a Phone Detox.”

19-40: You’re Fine

40-100: It wouldn’t hurt to cut back a little. Try an iPhone-free day once a week if you can.  

100-133: Go on a Phone Detox ASAP.



I got a score of 43. What was your score? 

 

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.