GC: n

S: (last access: 16 January 2016); (last access: 16 January 2016).

N: 1. Nomophobia, coined from a term “no-mobile-phone-phobia” during a research study to find out the psychological ramifications and stress level of mobile phone usage on behavior, describes the level of fear generated when a user is unable to communicate through their cell phone.
2. Nomophobia is referred to a psychological syndrome in which a person is afraid of being out of mobile or cell phone contact.
3. Experts say nomophobia could affect up to 53 per cent of mobile phone users, with 48 per cent of women and 58 per cent of men questioned admitting to experiencing feelings of anxiety when they run out of battery or credit, lose their phone or have no network coverage.
4. This dependence has important psychological consequences. For example, research on transactive memory finds that when we have reliable external sources of information about particular topics at our disposal, then this reduces our motivation and ability to acquire and retain knowledge about that particular topic.

S: 1 & 2. (last access: 16 January 2016). 3. TERMIUM PLUS (last access: 16 January 2016). 4. (last access: 16 January 2016).


CR: Internet addiction, phobia.