Abbreviated for No-Mobile-Phobia, Nomophobia is termed as the fear of losing touch of your smartphones and technological devices. Another explanation given is that maybe the lads are not dependent particularly on their smartphones but are trapped into Internet Addiction and smartphone being the easiest access to it, is overly used.
There is no denial of the fact that we all need a social life to distance stress from our lives. But does that mean we need to check the pop-up notification the same minute? That we need our phones beside our bed while we sleep so we do not miss any update of someone’s social life? That the email has to be checked before brushing our teeth in the morning?
Scientific reasons explain that this kind of addiction is no less different than other addictions from drugs involving a neurotransmitter called Dopamine which helps people working for rewards. The vibrations of your cell phone increase Dopamine which urges the action of checking the notifications. Another term used for it is “Cellphone Vibration Syndrome”.
ARE YOU NOMOPHOBIC OR NON-NOMOPHOBIC?
Now that you know what nomophobia is, you might definitely want to know whether you are nomophobic or not? So go ahead and ask these questions to yourself;
- Is the first thing that you see in the morning your mobile phone’s screen?
- Do you click more than you eat?
- You step out of the residence without your phone; do you wish you had it?
- Is the non-availability of charging point or charger making you angry and stressful?
- Do you check your E-mail notifications too often?
- Do you meet people more virtually and less in reality?
- Do you feel the need to check your mobile phone when it slightly vibrates or rings?
- Are you constantly on your Instagram wall while someone is talking to you?
- Are you constantly switching between the same three applications that you frequently use in the hope that something new might happen?
- After reading this article if you plan to distance yourself from your mobile phone, will you socialize it?
And if you could relate to any of these in the list, give it a check and see where do you stand on a scale of zero to ten? ZERO being “Hurray! you can go to the Big-Boss home right now!” and TEN being “You really need a new best friend.”
HELP YOURSELF OUT
So are you from the nomophobic squad? And you believe that your phone needs psychological attention? Here are a few things that might help you get over it.
1. CREATE A PHONE-FREE ZONE
Going close to nature and exploring the beauty of it might help you to reduce the addiction. Take long walks. Have an actual contact with the human world that exists beyond the WhatsApp chats of your phone. Try not to live the next Instagram moment but to live the next memory that will stay with you forever.
About 90% of US population owns a cell phone and 58% of them are smartphones. 11% of the teens tap to open their phone in every minute creating anxiety among them leading to poor health and decreased performance.
People have been recorded using their phones while getting intimate or even while talking to someone. This creates a bad impression and will even make your loved ones feel that they are not important to you.
2. GET SOME INSPIRATION
There’s been a trend that is set amongst celebrities to distance themselves from the smartphones. Amongst the top list we have:
Sir Elton John
This great musician is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time, is against the use of Internet and Technology and suggests banning it for 5 years.
Divergent fame Shailene says that she developed her communication skills, “Since I got rid of my phone, I’ve to pull over and be like, ‘Hey, buddy—do you know how to get here?’ I’m talking to people more than I’ve ever talked to in my life because I no longer have that crutch,” she explains. “The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have”.
The Batman series director never owned a cell phone, he prefers not to use one, saying “It’s not that I’m a Luddite and don’t like technology; I’ve just never been interested. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1997, nobody really had cell phones, and I just never went down that path.” He also prohibits the use of phones on set.
3. TIT FOR TAT – TAKE HELP OF TECHNOLOGY
There is a device invented by Ingmar Tarsen and Tim Menko called DistractaGone in Amsterdam. It is a digital isolation box that can lock phones at once up to 24 hours according to the time code given by the user. Once you put your phone and set the timer, your phone will be locked for the time period. An extended 5 seconds are offered before the final decision. This has become the need of the hour as the dependency over smartphones has increased.
There are Android and IOS applications like Menthal that helps you record the time period for which you are using your phone for the duration of a day.
4. BOOT CAMPS ARE BENEFICIAL
There are boot camps arranged for children in parts of China that are military based training centres which teaches them discipline and other important things in life than just being involved into their smartphones. Studies show that excessive use of your smartphones can cause eye problems, infertility, cancer, hearing impairment and sleep disorders. These boot camps help teens to get over this addiction, resulting in decreased dependency on a handheld device.
Let your stress free life be free of the house you created in your cell phone.