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The Talker: 'Nomophobia' - fear of being without your phone

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Do you suffer from Nomophobia? According to research, there's a high chance you do.

Nomophobia is the fear of being without a working mobile phone. "Nomo" is short for "no mobile."

The term "Nomophobia" was coined four years ago by researchers in Britain who found 53% of mobile phone users got anxious when they had no phone or phone service.

The trend is now on the rise. A British study this year found that 66% of people feared being without a working phone.

Women had higher rates of Nomophobia than men: 70% compared to 6%. The study found that the younger you are, the more likely you are to have phone-related fears.

Doctors in America have reported a spike in patients with Nomophobia. Extreme cases involve carrying three phones at a time--two as backups—and constantly carrying around extra batteries, and taking a phone into the shower.

Even mild cases can have a bad effect. One study found just have a cell phone in the room changes the vibe between two people, making them feel more distant and less trusting, even when no one is using the phone.

49% of people in the British study said they get upset when their spouses or partners look at their messages and texts.

Another study that looked at people in eight countries, including America, found that 20% of mobile users check their phones every ten minutes.

Doctors at Morningside Recovery Center in California, gauge their patients' phone habits by asking a series of questions, like "How many cell phones do you carry daily?" "Do you bring your cell phone to inappropriate places?" and "Is your cell phone always within arms reach?"

Depending on how you score, doctors use therapy and meditation exercises to help deal with the anxiety.

See more questions on the Nomophobia Assessment Form

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