Nomophobia on the rise, according to California recovery center
Morningside Recovery Center says Nomophobia up 13 percent from 2 years ago
According to doctors at the Morningside Recovery Center in Newport Beach, California, studies show that two-thirds of the population suffers from “Nomophobia” (“no-mobile-phone-phobia”), which is defined as the fear of losing or being without your mobile phone.
As a result, Morningside Recovery Center, a drug and alcohol recovery center, has founded the first ever recovery group to deal with what they say is customer demand.
Doctors at the center say that as new mobile devices and technology hit the market, Nomophobia is increasing, and up 13 percent from a couple of years ago.
We use cell phones every day, but for a growing number of people staying connected has become an obsession that occupies every waking minute – and for them, an utter fear and anxiety runs through their veins when they lose their cell, run out of battery, have no network coverage, or simply imagine living life without a mobile device.
According to AllAboutCounseling.com, symptoms include:
- If losing a cell phone or cell phone reception causes negative physical symptoms, or one never turns off their phone
- One recognizes that a panic attack is an overreaction to lack of reception or a dead battery
- Obsessively making sure that one has their cell phone or mobile device
- Worry about losing one’s phone is constantly present despite it being in a secure place
- Phobia has persisted over a significant length of time and is affecting one’s health or everyday life
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