Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Nomophobia, an abbreviation for ‘no-mobile-phone phobia,’ reportedly was coined during a 2010 study by the UK Post Office. The study compared stress levels induced by the average case of nomophobia to be on-par with those of ‘wedding day jitters’ and trips to the dentist and found that more than one in two nomophobes never switch off their mobile phone.  An article by Carol W. Berman MD in her article ‘One Patient’s story’ published in Scientific American MIND, indicated that surveys in both the U.S. and the U.K. have shown that about 70 percent of young adults feel so attached to their phone that they admit to feeling anxiety or even panic when they are separated from it.” Researchers at the University of Missouri found that study participants solving word puzzles experienced increased heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety when they were separated from their iPhone and were less successful solving the puzzles. More tomorrow.

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