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QUIZ: Do you have nomophobia?

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(KRCG) - Many people get a feeling of anxiety when they're away from their phones too long. Now, that feeling has a name: nomophobia. It stands for, "no mobile phone phobia." It's when you feel like you're unable to be detached from your mobile device.

Some of the symptoms:

  • Panicking when your phone is low on battery
  • Thinking your phone is going off when it's not (also called Phantom Phone Vibration Syndrome)
  • Always checking your phone
  • Using your phone in between conversations

A Common Sense Media poll shows 50 percent of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices and nearly 80 percent check their phones hourly.

Parents have noticed this smartphone addiction, and many say they have some serious concerns.

"It's frustrating," said Marty Wilson, a father of three teenage daughters. "They're too reliant on them."

His two daughters, Tessa and Grace, are both in high school. Like most teens, both are typically on their smartphones. Marty says he's not a fan of the phones because it prevents people from socializing.

"We go to these great spots so they could see stuff," Wilson said. "But they really just see their phones or taking pictures of themselves with the background with the phones.

While the girls said they'll admit to being addicted, they want the record to show their parents are just as bad.

"I feel like they're a little hypocritical." Grace said. "I feel like they use their phones just as much as we do."

The girls make a good point there. Parents too are guilty of checking their phones constantly. Nearly 70 percent of them struggle to unplug, according to a recent poll.

Jefferson City Medical Group pediatrician Dr. William Klutho says parents also need to be aware of their phone usage as it can have some serious effects.

"People who go to sleep with their phone on, using their phone before bed or as their sleeping, not going into a deeper stage of sleep but have very much disrupted sleep, shorter sleep span," Klutho said. "And that has shown to affect school work, attention and actually has been show to affect obesity as well."

One study in South Korea found addicted teens also had significantly higher scores in anxiety and depression.

"They get impatient if they can't find it or they haven't been on in a long time especially during the punishment times," Wilson said.

There is a way to try and prevent these unpleasant side effects.

For school-aged children and adolescents, it's recommended that they have less than two hours screen time. That includes TV, internet, and cellphones.

Experts also suggest mindfulness training such as turning off your phone at certain times of the day. They said remove social media apps and only check in from your laptop.

To see just how addicted you are to your smartphone, click here to take an online quiz.

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