Nomophobia occurs in situations when an individual experiences anxiety due to the fear of not having access to a mobile phone. The "over-connection syndrome" occurs when mobile phone use reduces the amount of face-to-face interactions thereby interfering significantly with an individual’s social and family interactions. With the changes of technologies, new challenges are coming up on a daily basis. New kinds of phobias have emerged (the so-called techno-phobias). Since the first mobile phone was introduced to the consumer market in 1983, these devices have become significantly mainstream in the majority of societies. Frequent cell phone usage has been correlated with decreases in grade point average (GPA) and increased anxiety that negatively impacts self-reported life satisfaction (well-being and happiness) in comparison to students with less frequent usage. GPA decreases may be due to the over-use of cell phone or computer usage consuming time and focus during studying, attending class, working on assignments, and the distraction of cell phones during class. Over-usage of smart phones may increase anxiety, depression due to the pressure to be continually connected to social networks and could rob chances of perceived solitude, relieving daily stress that has been linked as a component of well-being.
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Sagar. K. Smartphone Addiction: Nomophobia. Asian J. Nursing Education and Research. 2019; 9(4):583-587. doi: 10.5958/2349-2996.2019.00128.9