If being unable to answer your phone at any time drives you crazy, you might find it soothing knowing you’re not the only one who has this problem called Nomophobia – Cell Phone Addiction.
Since technology has taken its launch, people are more likely to experience phone separations or nomophobia, the feeling of anxiety or distress that some people experience when not having their phone.
In all honestly, losing an expensive piece of equipment that contains pictures, contact information, and music can definitely be stressful; but placing the device just out of arm’s reach shouldn’t be, right?
Wrong. It’s been estimated that the average mobile phone user checks a device 150 times a day, and nearly a third of that group admits that they’re addicted to their devices. We all know that having our faces buried in our phones is an unhealthy habit, but researchers have also recently discovered that addiction could also be linked to depression.
Researchers from Baylor University for example, asserts that people who check their phones constantly could be trying to boost a negative mood. In other words, individuals who spend most of their time on their devices are more likely to experience depression and witness a decline in your cognitive decision skills, making everyday task even more difficult. Researchers have also recently discovered that 9 percent of users even check their phones in church during worship hours.
From the outside looking in, it’s easy for us to suggest that individuals with this problem should just put their devices where they can’t reach it. Now, although this might seem like a logical idea at first, this theory could in fact create more problems than resolutions. Scientist, for example, from the University of Missouri discovered that being away from your device can lead to “physiological” and “poor cognitive performance.”
Who would have thought these devices would cause so much harm?
Before you decide to give up and accept the fact that you can’t live without your phone, here are some things to try in order to help minimize your usage.
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Overcoming the Phone Separation
Determining your level of phone separation. If you think you might be a victim of nomophobia, put yourself to the test. Go outside for a bit, or take a drive around the neighborhood without your device. If you start panicking, and thinking about your device before you even back out of the driveway, chances are, you’re experiencing nomophobia. On the other hand, if you find it soothing not having to worry about your phone, this could mean that you’re not attached to your devices. Don’t view this test as a scare tactic, instead, think of it as the first step towards making things right. There are also apps available to make your phone less appealing for times, like when you are driving, that you need to keep your phone at bay.
Discuss a project you’re interested in. To be honest, this might sound like a silly idea, but talking about a complex task, such as, starting a business, rebuilding a car, or investing your money allows your thoughts to prosper. To clarify, it challenges your cognitive thought process and gets you so engaged in the conversation, that you forget about the devices that surrounds you. It’s a great way to escape being pinned down by electronic devices. Throughout the conversation, however, make sure you avoid talking about electronics, otherwise you might be tempted to check your phone.
Subjects to cover:
- Community opportunities
- Working on your fitness
- Purchasing a home
- Travel plans
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Create a contract. To some, a contract is just a piece of paper that you sign your name on. To others, however, a contract is a piece of paper that holds us accountable for our actions. As a matter of fact, it reminds us about the deals that were made by other people. Believe it or not, a contract doesn’t always have to be between two individuals. If you really want to see a change in the amount of time you spend in front of the screen make a contract to yourself. Within the contract, state when it’s acceptable for you to use your phone and when it’s not.
For smartphone users, there are applications out on the web that act like a surety bond, holding you (the user), responsible for your end of the deal. Once the contract is complete, sign it with the date next to it, and make sure to post it somewhere in your home where it’s easily visible.
Explore the outdoors. Nothing is better than witnessing nature at its finest. Exploring the outdoors, is always a great way to prevent yourself from relying on your electronic devices to pass the time. If you live near a large body of water, go for a walk and admire the deep blue. Or if you live within the city limits, head over to a park and just listen to laughter that surrounds the playground and watch the trees blow in the wind. Appreciating these small monumental moments will help you focus on the here and now. Most of the time people use their electronic devices is simply because they’re bored. This act of boredom, soon becomes an addition and before you know it, nomophobia has invaded your life.
So put the devices away, and appreciate what else life has to offer.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my article on nomophobia. I would like to know, do you have a hard time being separated from your devices? Or do you know someone who does? I will be checking for comments, so feel free to express your thoughts on today’s subject.
Cody Hill enjoys being outdoors, and loves watching baseball. Can’t find him online? Chances are he’s probably exploring the wilderness, or cheering on his favorite teams (Go Cubs)! Follow him on Twitter @Cody_Hill777. Thanks!