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February 03, 2021 Wednesday 09:29:45 AM IST

Optimise Phone Time

Parent Interventions

A new study by Monash University, Australia has pointed out that increase addiction to mobile phones and their inability to disconnect from it could endanger the health of people. The study among 2838 Australians measured nomophobia (or no mobile phone phobia) and its consequences and found that 99.2% of users have some fear of being without their phone. It showed their psychological attachment to their phone and usage habits. Nomophobia was highest in the age group of 18 to 25. The study found users with nomophobia were 11.7 times more likely to have a problematic phone dependency and 10.3 times more likely to use their phone in a prohibited space, like a library, classroom, or cinema. They were also 14 times more likely to engage in dangerous use – such as while driving, cycling, or walking.