Nomophobia the modern day phobia
Fear is perhaps the most primitive emotion of a human being. As any other emotions no one has to teach us to be scared. And thanks to the science community of the world who gave it a fantastical name “Phobia”. We all have that friend who is scared of heights, spiders, who has stage fright and all, but do you know anyone who has wat’s called the nomophobia??? Yeah that’s the phobia trending now.
It’s basically the fear of not having your mobile phone with you or a situation when the mobile gets dead. Recently I came to know that I too am suffering from this phobia. It was when my mobile got stuck and I was stuck in a feeling of being trapped in a dark room without any physical entity around. I could see all the notifications of messages on my mobile, but I couldn’t reply or call as my touch was not working. It could have been compared to a situation when you are under coma, you can see what’s happening around, but you can’t respond.
Mobiles have become a part of our lives. Why shouldn’t it?? It’s a gate way to a plethoric world, where you can socialize, know what’s happening around, have a weather update. What about the infinite games which have literally banished the word boredom from the dictionary.
So here are 3 quick ways to identify a nomophobe:
1.You and your phone are inseparable.
I am very much attached to my mobile. And yes as everyone else, the early morning ritual even before I get out of my bed is to look at my palms???? No, never, I look at the smooth, scratch free display of my mobile obviously. And with my one touch the display brightens, brightening up my day as well. Wherever I go, I’ll have my phone with me, even in the bathroom.
2.There’s an involuntary connection between your hand and your pockets.
Now it has become a habit for a lot of people to check their pockets every now and then to make sure you have your phone in there and you are sure to have a mini heart attack for a second if you don’t feel it in your pockets and then a panic attack follows.
We are more connected to the world rather than to our spouse. Even at home people tend to keep their eyes glued to their mobile screens. When I asked one of my cousins about her love life, few years post marriage, her reply made me burst into laughter. She said “while in bed we are too busy playing games (in our smartphones) and we talk only when we run out of lives in Candy Crush Saga”.
When nomophobia becomes a threat to your life…
Sometimes being with a person who’s a nomophobe can be threatening to your life. Last week while hanging out with my friend, I came to know how it could be a threat to your life. Have you ever seen a drug addict having their withdrawal symptom? Yeah boy!!! It was as severe as that. As soon as she realized she forgot her mobile somewhere, she completely lost it. Now she messages me 8- 10 times a day apologizing for that incident (p.s- with the same mobile she thought she had lost).
So one thing I realized after this encounter was the fact that women feel more panicked than men, when they misplace there mobile.
Another way in which it threatens your life is multitasking. Like when you are driving and texting at the same time. Congratulation and farewell, Mr. Grim Reaper is on his way to receive you. Seriously how could someone text while driving. I am one of those who even after fully concentrating on the driving part, I usually bump into nearby cars although no major disaster has occurred so far…:p
Wanna know how being a nomophobe is taking a toll on your life. So let’s check out some health hazards due to mobile addiction
- Your eyes become the Saharan deserts – spending most of your day staring on to mobile screen will result in dry eyes, difficulty in focusing etc…
- The orthopedician gets wealthier – heard of text neck. It’s the strain at the neck region due to the improper posture of the neck and head while we text or browse.
- Your smartphone, the home sweet home for bacteria – are you someone who takes your mobile even to the bathroom. Here’s a statistics just for you. You are included in the 75% of people who do the same and 1 in 6 mobiles showed the presence of E.coli a bacteria which causes diarrhea, urinary tract infections etc.…
- Sleepless nights – A 2 hour exposure to the light emitted from these phones can suppress melatonin in your body giving you sleepless nights.
- Turns you into a psycho or zombie – mostly seen in younger generation, mobile addiction can result in aggressive behaviors, attention deficits etc…
Sounds scary right??? Luckily with some self-control and willpower we can overcome this phobia and avoid it’s after affects. So here are some eco-friendly methods
- Avoid using mobiles 1 hour before and after sleep. Instead of reading an e-book go for a traditional paper book, you will fall asleep quicker….: p
- Regulate the amount of time your kids are allowed to use the phones.
- Avoid usage of mobiles during meal times and family gatherings.
- Instead of socializing on social media platforms, go out and socialize with friends and family.
I believe anyone who’s living in this era, suffers from this phobia to some extent. And trust me this anxiety disorder is consuming a very good part of our lives. I seriously think everyone should go for a rehab to tackle this mobile addiction. May be we could start off with few mobile free hours each day. I know initially it would be hard to resist those notification tones ringing on your mobile, but stay calm. With practice you can stay cool even without a mobile and fight this monster called Nomophobia…..
Hope you liked the post. Do share your experiences on no mobile situations and also suggest any new ways you have used to tackle this phobia.