Use of English exercise from - Upper-Intermediate level

Upper-Intermediate Use of English - Exercise 1: Nomophobia

A banked cloze test

Choose the correct words to complete the text. Use each word only once. When you have entered all the answers, click on the "Check answers" button. If you make a mistake, please try again until you get all the answers right.
mobile phoneNomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The term, an abbreviation for "no-mobile-phone phobia", was coined during a study by the UK Post Office who (1) YouGov, a UK-based research organisation to look at (2) suffered by mobile phone users. The study found that nearly 53% of mobile phone users in Britain (3) to be anxious when they "lose their mobile phone, run out of (4) or credit, or have no network (5) ". The study found that about 58% of men and 48% of women (6) from the phobia, and an additional 9% feel stressed when their mobile phones are off. The study (7) 2,163 people. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed (8) keeping in touch with friends or family as the main (9) that they got anxious when they could not use their mobile phones. The study compared stress levels (10) by the average case of nomophobia to be on (11) with those of "wedding day jitters" and trips to the dentist’s. Ten percent of those questioned said they needed to be (12) at all times because of work. It is, however, (13) that the word 'phobia' is misused and that in the (14) of cases it is only a normal anxiety.
More than one in two nomophobes never switch off their mobile phones. The study and (15) coverage of the phobia resulted in two editorial columns (16) by those who minimize their mobile phone use or choose not to own one at all, (17) the condition with light undertones or (18) disbelief and amusement.

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Exercise written by Elek Mathe - - last modified on May 13, 2013