Glued to Your Phone? You Could Have These Disorders, New Study Says

Researchers found that these symptoms generally coincide with phone obsession.

It seems everyone is glued to their phones these days, constantly scrolling social media and refreshing their email. However, if you find yourself feeling anxious when your phone dies or when you head out of the house without your phone, you may have what some experts are referring to as "nomophobia." Nomophobia, short for "no-mobile-phone phobia," is not recognized as a formal diagnosis yet, but researchers have been examining how common it is among young people. And one recent study is looking at the concerning link between nomophobia and other psychological disorders.

The study, published in the August-December 2020 edition of Computers in Human Behavior Reports, used a questionnaire to evaluate phone use and the psychopathological symptoms of 495 adults, aged 18 to 24, in Portugal. Researchers found a positive correlation between nomophobia and certain disorders, meaning that if someone has one of these specific mental health conditions—for example, depression—they are more likely to also experience anxiety when away from their phone. Each condition correlated with nomophobia has its own symptoms, ranging from insomnia to delusions to digestive problems.

While the researchers acknowledged the positive contributions phones bring to our lives, they reminded readers that there can be negative side effects when people become dependent on their phones. The study showed that the more participants used their phones daily, the more stress they reported feeling without their phone.

These are the nine disorders associated with nomophobia, according to the study, along with the percentage of subjects who experienced them. And if you want to make sure you're keeping yourself healthy, check out these 25 Secret Ways You're Hurting Your Mental Health Without Realizing It.


Woman talking to therapist

39.4 percent of participants.

Interpersonal Sensitivity

Sensitive woman crying

39 percent of participants.


Hostile man at work

38.4 percent of participants.

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Man stressed at work

38.2 percent of participants.

Paranoid Ideation

Paranoid woman looking out window

38.1 percent of participants.


Depressed woman

37.4 percent of participants.

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Phobic Anxiety

Woman with phobia of dentist

34.7 percent of participants.


Man with anxiety working

34 percent of participants.

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Woman with neck pain

32.2 percent of participants.

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Allie Hogan
Allie Hogan is a Brooklyn based writer currently working on her first novel. Read more
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