Dropping whatever you’re doing to see a notification on your phone after hearing the “ding”, worrying whenever you see the low battery icon and wasting all of your day checking your social media platforms might all be symptoms of nomophobia!
Nomophobia is the fear of being without your smartphone: simply, it’s smartphone addiction and it’s a combination of the words “no”, “mobile” and “phobia”. Every year in the U.S., almost a half million people are injured or killed in traffic accidents attributed to the combination of texting and driving while this danger could be completely avoided.
Are you addicted to your smartphone?
It is obvious that people with no self-control are addicted to their smartphones, but the question is: are you one of them? And how do you know if you are? Well, here are the symptoms of nomophobia, if any of these apply to you, all signs point to addiction!
- You reach for your smartphone the moment you wake up and right before you sleep.
- You catch up on emails or the latest in the news while you’re eating.
- When your phone is out of reach, low on battery or completely turned off, you feel anxious or stressed out.
- Being out of cell phone signal makes you feel like you might be missing something.
- You perk up when you hear that familiar notification sound.
- You’ve checked your phone at least once while reading this article!
Damaging Side Effects of Nomophobia
Even for those of us who don’t text and drive, nomophobia has serious consequences. Here are some:
- Waste of time
- Back problems
- Nerve damage
- Anxiety, stress and depression
- Less sleep
How to end your smartphone addiction?
Here are some steps to help you get rid of this nomophobia:
- Turn off your cell phone at least an hour before bed
- Stop shacking up with your phone
- Set certain times to check your phone
- Engage in real human contact
À la prochaine!