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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(3): 340-344


A Study on Nomophobia - Mobile Phone Dependence, Among Students of a Medical College in Bangalore

Pavithra MB, Suwarna Madhukumar, Mahadeva Murthy TS.

Abstract
"Background: Smart phones today have become an important part of our techno-culture, especially among the younger population. Discomfort, anxiety, nervousness or anguish caused by being out of contact with a mobile phone is termed as ""Nomophobia""- no mobile phobia. Nomophobia is on the rise across the globe.
Objectives: To assess the prevalence of Nomophobia and mobile phone dependence among the students of a medical college.
Material and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out in 200 students of a medical college in Bangalore. A pre-designed and pre-tested questionnaire was used to get information. Data analyzed by using Statistical Package of Social Sciences (SPSS) 17.0.
Results: The study population of 200 students comprised of 47.5% females and 52.5% males. Majority (74%) of the students spent Rupees 300-500 per month on mobile recharge. About 23% students felt they lose concentration and become stressed when they do not have their mobile around, 79(39.5%) students were Nomopobic in this study and another 27% were at risk of developing Nomophobia.
Conclusion: The result of our study is indicative of increasing prevalence of Nomophobia among younger generation. Further research and multi-centric studies are required to investi¬gate more in depth the psychological aspects and solutions for nomophobia."

Key words: Nomophobia, mobile phone dependence, mobile phone addiction, medical students



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