Do you know why you will experience discomfort when you don’t have your smart phone with you?

Do you feel anxious when you realized that you left home without your smart phone?

Do you feel uncomfortable if your phone died on you while you are outside?

Have you been compelled to search for a power source to charge your when it is at 20%?

If you have, you might have nomophobia, and you are not alone; so what is nomophobia? It is a term describing a growing fear in today’s world – a fear of being without a mobile device or beyond mobile reach and is a phenomenon that can be observed in all industrialized countries.

A study in America has shown that people whose iPhones were taken away experienced spikes in blood pressure and heart rate, and they did 3% worse on a word-search test than when they had their devices with them.

This term was coined in 2010 by the UK Post Office, which commissioned YouGov, a research organization to study anxieties suffered by mobile phone users. The study found that about 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from this phobia and an additional 9% feel stressed when their mobile phones are off. The study also compare the stress level induced by an average case of nomophobia and found it to be on par with wedding day jitters and a trip to the dentist.

So the next time you feel discomfort when you are not near your smart phone, know that there is a scientific explanation behind it.