Nomophobia

by BelgaumOnline.com on 12/02/2013 - 07:31 am


Do you check your phone every 2 minutes for calls and messages? Do you panic when your phone conks off because of no power? Are you hooked on to your phone more than your partner? Do you feel handicapped without your phone? If your answer to all the above questions is a “yes”, then you are seriously affected by nomophobia. Nomophobia, also known as ‘No mobile phone phobia’ is the new addiction in town.

With the advancement of technology, the use of a cell phone has progressed from being a simple gadget of communication to an ultimate multi-media arena with surplus features. These add-on features have captivated the minds of people making them more obsessed with their phones.

Nomophobe’s dwell in recurrent thoughts of losing contact with their phones. This form of addiction may not seem intense at first, but it slowly occupies your thoughts and controls your actions, making you vulnerable to its every attack. People affected by this phobia experience an intense desire to be in contact with their phones even in the bathroom. Losing a cell phone capsizes the whole world of the nomophobe’s and the trauma itself consumes their rational thinking ability.

Affecting almost 66% of the over-all population, nomophobia is more prevalent in the age group between 13- 35. However, even children and elderly people who have access to mobile phones are more likely to be affected by nomophobia. There exists varied reasons for being connected to a phone, but only one reason can help cure nomophobia and that is awareness. Once you are aware of your addiction, you’ll have to retreat using cell-phones. This doesn’t means you completely cut off from the device, but limit its usage.

Be conscious of your environment and check the factors that induce you to check your phone. It could be boredom, anxiety, loneliness or the urge to text messages. Once you are aware of the cause you can concentrate on the effects by developing necessary solutions. Maintain distance from your phone and curb the urge to check it constantly. You can also switch off or silence the loud alerts for better concentration towards other chores. At last, being committed to your plan is the only way of warding off this phobia.

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