Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? – QUIZ
Are you the kind of person who just can’t stop fiddling with your smartphone? Do you feel alone when your phone is in a different room? Do you get anxious when you have to do some kind of real-life activity – like having a bath or making a sandwich – and you can’t fondle your phone or give it your full attention?
If you answered ‘Yes’, ‘Yes’, and ‘YES!’ to these questions, you may be addicted to your smartphone! Take our fun quiz to find out whether you have nomophobia – the technical name for the fear of being disconnected from your smartphone.
Say whether you agree or disagree with the following statements, and keep a note of your answers – if you can manage that without being distracted by your messages…
- My smartphone is the first thing I look at when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I look at before I go to sleep.
- I often bump into people when I’m walking down the street, because I’m looking at my smartphone.
- My smartphone goes everywhere with me.
- I have a pet name for my smartphone.
- Nobody is allowed to touch my smartphone except me.
- I need to be connected at all times, but I don’t know why.
- When I’m not using my smartphone, I’m usually thinking about using it.
- My phone is almost an extension of my hand.
- I would rather chat on my smartphone than talk to my friends in person.
- I can spend hours on my smartphone without noticing the time.
- I’m jealous because my friend has a newer smartphone.
- I’m never bored, thanks to my smartphone.
- I feel anxious when I’m not near my smartphone.
- I don’t think it’s rude to repeatedly use my smartphone during a romantic meal with my partner.
- It is rude of people to expect me to stop looking at my smartphone just because they’re talking to me.
- I don’t see any problem with children and young teens having their own smartphones.
- I can’t sit through a film at the cinema without checking my smartphone multiple times.
- I recently started wearing glasses – so I can see my smartphone screen better.
- People often tell me that I’m addicted to my smartphone.
- I love my smartphone.
Mostly agree: You may be showing signs of smartphone addiction. Your phone is more than just a device to you – it’s your friend. Maybe even your best friend. Try spending time away from your smartphone. Go outside; speak to other people; write a letter to a friend and walk to the post office to mail it; spend time doing active hobbies which don’t require you to stare at a small screen for hours on end. Start off with short bursts of non-smartphone activity, then build up to longer, more sustained periods of normality, until – finally – you are ready to downgrade to a dumb phone.
Mostly disagree: You seem to have a more balanced approach to your smartphone. To you it is really just a tool – something that has many useful functions, but not something that you need to physically handle all the time. It’s useful to have it when you need to call someone or send the odd message or text – which is not very often, to be honest. Maybe you just don’t have enough friends to make a smartphone really essential. In any case, you are happy to leave your phone at home in the sock drawer – or even completely forget where you’ve put it, and you do not feel disturbed if you experience – from time to time – the strength-sapping feeling of boredom. For you, it’s normal, and nothing to fear. On the contrary, it is nice not to keep having to check constant updates.
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