Have you ever heard the word “Nomophobia” before?. Well if you haven’t heard this word let me give a simple explanation and why now is one of the biggest phobia to date. Nomophobia is simply the irrational fear of being without our mobile phone or being unable to use our phone for some reason, such as lack of a signal or low battery power, in other words, SMARTPHONE ADDICTION.
When I was in university I tested myself to go for 3 straight days without using my mobile phone and going through any social media platforms, let’s say I made it to just 1 day and a half and switched my phone on. We may deny we are not addicted to our phones or technology but how many times have you ever left the house without your phone and you had to turn around and go back for it? How many times have you dropped your phone to the ground and start panicking asking God to let the phone be okay? We have reached a point that we would rather get hurt physically but not our phones.
Today, smartphone addiction is becoming more and more common but also as damaging as any other addiction. It’s now normal to see all the people obsessively looking at their phone screens all the time, checking in on Facebook, group messaging on WhatsApp, sharing something on Instagram regardless of place, on the bus, at the office, in the toilet, while walking on the street or even on a social gathering. It’s so serious that some individuals experience anxiety and stress due to the fear of not having access to a phone.
Technology today can be both a blessing and also a curse. These days, most of us are constantly connected through high-speed internet on smartphones or tablets devices. Often, when these things are taken away from us, we are left feeling a bit misplaced. Technology can therefore also cause a lot of stress. In the past few years, the phone industry has evolved a lot. Mobile devices have transformed from just a means of voice communication to a multi-function device that allows users to engage in information sharing, financial services, social interaction and much more. Smartphones have made our lives a lot better, and the fact that these tech solutions are available to everyone to use it’s actually mind-blowing.
Smartphones give us the ability to connect with our friends and family, to news and entertainment. However, overusing the product in such a fashion is the main reason people are becoming addicted. Approximately 90% of the people I have asked on how they use their phones they have said they are rarely more than five feet away from their mobile phones at all the time, whether it’s plugged on a charger or when they are sleeping.
They say according to last year’s statistics that “average person spends 2 hours and 22 minutes per day on social networking and messaging platforms”, that was the assumption for last year think of how the stats for this year will be. Human interaction has also lessened because of spending too much of time faced down on our mobile devices, people don’t interact anymore. Human interaction helps us develop emotionally and behaviorally in a way that communicating over a smartphone cannot. It allows us to see a person’s emotional reaction and distinguish between what are good actions and bad actions something texting, talking or social networking over a smartphone cannot accomplish this.
By putting the phone down for just a few minutes, we can improve our work output, our mood, and our personal connections. Let’s change now.