Nomophobia: Cellphone Addiction

· November 7, 2017
Are you addicted to your cellphone? Although you may believe that you're more connected than ever, the truth is that this makes you more isolated. This is because you substitute actual conversations with the people close to you with paying attention to your cellphone.

Are you addicted to your cellphone? Do you get anxious when the battery is almost out? Do you always carry a charger around with you just in case it dies? If you answered yes to these questions, you may have Nomophobia.

It’s undeniable that the latest technologies have made life easier. However, using them incorrectly can make something that was once a positive thing turn into a problem.

Although not many people are genuinely addicted to their cell phones, it’s true that we have certain unhealthy habits that can lead to Nomophobia.

How do I know if I suffer from Nomophobia?

Woman addicted to her cellphone at a cafe

 

Nomophobia doesn’t just show up overnight. Rather, it is a consequence caused by certain unhealthy habits like when you want to look at your cellphone every time that you’re in an uncomfortable situation.

In some cases, your cellphone becomes a companion that helps you feel less lonely when you’re by yourself. For example, when you’re on the bus or when you have to wait for someone at a restaurant.

However, this habit can become worse and make you dependent on your cellphone in order to alleviate emotional stress. It can cause you to check your messages and e-mails when you haven’t received anything, and make it impossible for you not to respond to messages that you receive.

If you act this way, you can establish some parameters that will help you realize if you are suffering from what is known as Nomophobia:

  • You constantly and impulsively check to see if someone has texted or emailed you.
  • If your phone shuts off because it is out of battery or you don’t have an internet connection, it’s very dramatic for you because you automatically feel isolated.
  • You’re the first person to post about what you’re thinking, what you’re doing, and what you’ve been up to.
  • Also, you’re aware of the number of likes your publications receive. This increases your need to post more about your experiences.
  • Sometimes, you think you’ve heard your phone saying you have a message when, in reality, you haven’t received anything.
  • When you’re with your friends, you always have your phone in your hand. Sometimes, you aren’t able to follow the conversation because you’re already talking to someone on your phone.

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We are more connected, but also more lonely

Man on a cellphone during a family picnic

The reason you suffer from Nomophobia is because you feel the need of being connected to technology. Now, it doesn’t matter if your family and friends are on the other side of the world. With just a simple message, call, or video chat, you can communicate with them without a problem because there aren’t any borders!

However, regardless of the fact that people are more connected than ever, people are also becoming more isolated. Nowadays, it isn’t necessary to leave the house to find a partner or even to go shopping. More so if you work from home… you don’t even have to worry about leaving the house to go to work.

However, is life even real if you’re just living it through technology? Does your phone really replace a face-to-face conversation?

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We’re living a life that isn’t very real

man looking at cellphone in bed

People with Nomophobia always post about their life on social media and are very dependent on those around them. However, what you can see on the internet isn’t always real.

  • Many couples that post pictures overflowing with happiness could actually be going through a hard time in their relationship.
  •  That friend who never does anything but post positive quotes could actually be suffering from severe depression.

Everything we see on social media is what other people want us to see. But what is the reality behind their posts?

When a person suffers from Nomophobia, they will always compare their life to those of others. They will feel bad because — while others are out taking weekend trips, or visiting New York City — they’re at home on the couch, looking at their phone.

Although what they’re looking at could definitely be real, the pictures could also be photoshopped, taken from the internet, or from years ago.

Someone with Nomophobia suffers a lot and, if they don’t fix their cellphone addiction, they can end up suffering from episodes of serious anxiety and stress that could lead to depression.

Poeple should stop depending on thier cell phones. You cannot fully experience life through an electronic device.

 

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