Teens and “Nomophobia”: Cell Phone Separation Anxiety


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





Do you get stressed when you can't check your texts? Maybe distracted from something you're supposed to be doing, just because your phone isn't handy? One teen set out to discover how anxious teens become when they're separated from their cell phones, and whether the anxiety affects their attention spans.

Kashfia Nehrin Rahman, a high school science student from South Dakota, did a study and found that teens are vulnerable to stress and anxiety when they're separated from their smartphones. This phenomenon is called “nomophobia,” an abbreviation of “no-more-phone phobia.”

Constant companions

For her study, Kashfia surveyed 54 teens about their cell phone use and tested their stress levels. The survey found that 92 percent of the teens kept their phones on all the time, and 73 percent said they became anxious when their phones had no charge. The teens checked their phones about once every 23 minutes, and 37 percent said they used their phones while driving.

What's the problem with nomophobia?

Kashfia's findings may sound familiar to anyone who's forgotten his or her phone at home all day. Without their phones, the teens had higher blood pressure and heart rates, leading Kashfia to conclude that not having a smartphone around is stressful.

As another part of the study, she had the teens perform several tasks, including a driving-simulator computer game, to test skills such as memory, attention, response time, and impulsivity. The teens' skills were worse when they were separated from their phones. Kashfia concluded that phone dependency leads to more stress and decreased attention on a task.

— National Institute on Drug Abuse




Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

State legislators: Sexual misconduct? Maybe. Records? No

TRENTON — A backlash across the country against sexual misconduct by those in positions of power has resulted in...

Read more »

Let's celebrate the 50th observance of Earth Day in the produce aisle
To the Editor:
April 22 marks the 50th observance of Earth Day. Each of us can celebrate by reducing our driving, use of electric energy, and consumption of animals.

Read more »
Image

(No heading)

Read more »
Image

First anniversary

Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


Weather in Lafayette, NJ