Saturday, August 29, 2015

                                          ARE YOU A NOMOPHOBE?

      (Score yourself 1-7)

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.
20: No nomophobia
21-60: Mild nomophobia
60-100: Moderate nomophobia

101-140: Severe nomophobia

     What’s wrong with this test? As in all tests, certain language can be troublesome in answering questions truthfully or accurately. For example, the repeated use of such terms as “nervous,” “awkward,” “anxious,” “uncomfortable,” “weird” are somewhat negative, and most of us don’t want to admit to ourselves or anyone else that we might feel this way in a given situation. By using such terminology, answers may be skewed. The scale of 1-7 can distort results too. Numbers 1 and 7 are obviously useful in calculating stats, but numbers 3,4,5? Hmm. I wonder. Nonetheless, the questions themselves prompted certain conclusions on my part:

  1. There are people whose identity is way too wrapped up in their thumbs.
  2. There are people who have serious social abandonment issues.
  3. Some people could lessen their anxiety with a simple charger.
  4. People who need to stay up to date on “happenings,” need to get up earlier and watch the news for ten minutes, and they’ll know everything. Not much changes in two to three hours, unless you’re following the Kardashians.
  5. Nomophobes would never have survived in the 60s. We actually had to read the news on large pieces of paper, make phone calls standing up at pay phones and go to an encyclopedia for information—sometimes at an actual library. How lame is that? 

P.S.  I scored “Mild nomophobia.” Before taking the test, I would have labeled myself as a “severe nomophobe.” Thanks, Mr. Research Guy. I feel better now. Excuse me, I have to answer this.