By: Jessica Hochstadt, MS, Social Media Community Manger
Nomophobia is the very real fear of being without ones phone. 66% of participants in a recent study show genuine fear of being without their mobile devices. Could you be one of those people? What can you do to quell that fear?
It’s not too long ago that we were a nation without cell phones. Pay phones were available on every street corner, and if your child needed to reach you, they would use the school office phone to call you at your work office. Plans were made in advance with friends and were hardly broken, because you simply couldn’t makes changes at the last minute. Some people call these times simpler times, others, the Golden Years. But either way, we’ve come a long way from then.
It’s hard to image a world without cell phones. We look back and ask ourselves how we possibly survived, how we possibly made it from point A to point B without the convenience of 24hr connectivity. For many of us, reverting to this past, once having tasted the fruits of smartphones and all the conveniences that come along with it, is a nightmare. Enter nomophobia.
Nomophobia is the fear of losing or being without one’s phone. According to a recent study, 2 out of every 3 adults suffer from nomophobia. The age category most affected by this disorder is 17-24 year-olds—after all, this is the generation that grew up relying on mobile connectivity.
There are ways to resolve the anxiety that comes along with fear of losing ones phone. First, purchase a phone case that will be impossible to lose, like a bold and brightly colored plastic case. Secondly, stay connected with a phone leash. Finally, give your cell phone a unique ring that you will hear from any room in the house.
It is also good to train oneself to experience a day or a few hours without a cell phone. Give yourself time to disconnect from cell phone use. This not only decreases your imminent need to be constantly connected, but it helps to retrain your brain on the importance of interpersonal connections. Speaking face-to-face with people is not a fad, and it won’t go out of style. So, it might be useful to practice this skill.