We all know that being a distracted driver is dangerous. No one wants the “other” drivers on the road to drive distracted. But are you a distracted driver? Fleetmode helps stop texting while driving,distracted driving prevention,stop texting and driving,no texting while driving,stop distracted driving and we help create cell phone policy at work.
Here is a simple test to measure where you may fall on the spectrum of distracted and distracted driving prevention. Be honest, no one is watching but you. If you find that you are more distracted than you would like, there are options to help you become less distracted.
Why does this matter? In the past 50 years we have seen society’s view on drunk driving radically change from slight annoyance to a major taboo against society with strong legal consequences. As result our roads have become safer. Our population has increased but the number of alcohol related deaths has actually decreased.
But 10 years ago a new problem arose that we are now feeling the results of this societal shift. 10 years ago we got the smart phone. Yes we had cell phones before 2007, but people mostly made short calls they felt were urgent. Plus you paid for each minute you used so you made calls short. Today the smartphone is ubiquitous, and the 16 year olds who are learning to drive have never known a team without a smart phone.
These mini-computers with a phone app, no longer just do phone calls. There are emails, texts, posts, social media, tweets, photos to see, photos to take, video to record, playlists to adjust, maps to follow, restaurants to find, items to download from a cloud, etc. Sure bluetooth is great for hands free calls, but who only does calls on their phones?
Employees can be the most distracted as they try to turn their driver’s seat into a second office. There are people who purposely leave their office and go for a drive, because there are too many distractions at the office to return calls. Some people think the car is the place where they can focus on their job and not the road.
How many of these comments struck you as applicable to your driving? You are not alone. But as every other self-help program will tell you, knowing and realizing there is a problem is the first needed step to changing your behavior. It is a new year. Become a better driver. That is one resolution we can all live with.
Nomophobia is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power. A phobia is by definition an irrational fear.
Nomophobia Questionnaire (NMP-Q)
Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement in relation to your smartphone.
Strongly Strongly Disagree Agree
- I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.
- I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.
- Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.
- I would be annoyed if I could not use my smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.
- Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me.
- If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic.
- If I did not have a data signal or could not connect to Wi-Fi, then I would constantlycheck to see if I had a signal or could find a Wi-Fi network.
- If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.
- If I could not check my smartphone for a while, I would feel a desire to check it.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would feel anxious because I could notinstantly communicate with my family and/or friends.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would be worried because my familyand/or friends could not reach me.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would feel nervous because I would notbe able to receive text messages and calls.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would be anxious because I could notkeep in touch with my family and/or friends.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would be nervous because I could notknow if someone had tried to get a hold of me.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would feel anxious because my constantconnection to my family and friends would be broken.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would be nervous because I would bedisconnected from my online identity.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would be uncomfortable because I couldnot stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would feel awkward because I could notcheck my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would feel anxious because I could notcheck my email messages.
- If I did not have my smartphone with me, I would feel weird because I would notknow what to do.
Yildirim & Correia (2015)
Sum up your responses to each item. Higher scores indicate more severe levels of nomophobia. Refer to the following table to determine your nomophobia level.
NMP-Q Score = 20
21 ≤ NMP-Q Score < 60 60 ≤ NMP-Q Score < 100 100 ≤ NMP-Q Score ≤ 140
Absent Mild Moderate Severe
Yildirim, C., & Correia, A. P. (2015). Exploring the dimensions of nomophobia: Development and validation of a self-reported questionnaire. Computers in Human Behavior, 49, 130-137.