Your Personality May Link to Your Cell Phone Addiction

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There are phobias of all kinds, trypophobia, claustrophobia, thalassophobia, but perhaps the most modern-day phobia is nomophobia, the fear of without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact.



Nomophobia is everywhere in industrialized nations. In the U.S., the situation is even worse. Scientists are now identifying the personality traits that may increase or decrease the degree of vulnerability to nomophobia.


Nomophobia and personality traits


In order to gain a deeper understanding of nomophobia, a recent study was designed to test whether there are personality traits that may cause higher possibility of suffering from nomophobia.



In the study, almost 1,000 adults were asked to do two tests, one to evaluate the level of nomophobia and the other, comprising 240 items, measuring temperament and character.


The results suggested that some factors can increase the risk for nomophobia, while other factors can protect against it.


Factors that can increase the risk for nomophobia include:


—Having gratification-seeking behaviors

—Requiring positive reinforcement from others



Factors that can protect against nomophobia include:

—Being helpful

—Being empathetic

—Being compassionate

—Being socially tolerant

—Being willing to collaborate with others


"Spiritual maturity, the desire to feel fulfilled, the ability to meditate, and non-materialistic thinking — all of which are linked to high levels of satisfaction with life — are shown by the study to exert a protective effect against nomophobia," Professor López Torrecillas concluded.



Depression and sleep problems


Nomophobia can disrupt individuals' normal routines and prevent people from living a normal life.


"Prolonged use of mobile phones can also cause sleep problems, depression, and retinal damage, it can generate muscle tension, and it affects behavior, like any other addiction," Torrecillas observed.



If you stay 24/7 with your smart phone and you get anxious when you cannot use it, it’s time for you to take a break. After all, smart phone should be your servant, not your master.

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its information era and phone era how can you cut your use of phone?
Put the damn thing down
It REALLY is THAT simple.
In the past my dad would call me but later when we all started using social media he learned to use whatsapp. i do worry we will whatsapp with cold texts ever
phones are an equal wall and loneliness for us all.
I don’t have a landline, not that anyone calls, my kids barely text me.  I’m homebound by physical disability, plus PTSD, anxiety, depression, and agoraphobia, the cell phone is my only connection to people. I know I’m addicted, but I have no life so it doesn’t really matter.
Bless your heart! I know exactly how you feel. I have major PTSD .. for most all of my life. My children are grown but stay in touch with me..lost my oldest in 2010. I am in an abusive marriage & I am house bound also with autoimmune diseases & more. My husband is uncaring & keeps my BP out of control. I am on a spiritual quest. If not for my tablet I would be lost because I have friends all over the world & they keep me sane. Make me feel loved. Reassure me when I am feeling unsafe. I guess the lesser of 2 evils??
OMGoodness, did I write this?!!  Jennie I don’t know who you are, but I can say exactly the same things, verbatim.  You are not alone.  I believe we both need to get outside of our houses a bit.  Perhaps sitting in our backyards while the weather is still nice would be a good beginning. Then sitting in our front yard and even building up to a little walk on the street.  I had a steroid epidural three weeks ago and have been stretching in anticipation of being able to walk without pain.  Doesn’t look like that will happen, but I still want to try anyway. I miss having a life, I loved it so much and I want to fight to have it back. So baby steps.