Smartphones have given us unlimited access to the internet, but have also made us over-dependent on it, to the extent that loss of connection while travelling may lead to irritation and anxiety.
According to a new study, a greater dependence on internet leads to the development of web-dependence anxiety. Young people tend to have a greater “smartphone web-dependence”, which can significantly increase without reliable and fast access to the internet, says the study. The findings are detailed in the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology. They also relate to attachment theory, which proposes that a person or a group of people have the psychological tendency to gain safety by seeking closeness to another person. The study suggests that separation anxiety is just as real for people and their smartphones, although the problem is obviously a one-sided issue.