The development of the smartphone has made everyday tasks easier and more convenient, not only for communicating with others, but also to do purchasing, management of finances and a host of other activities.
Here's information on a new phenomenon that has been dubbed "nomophobia," an anxiety about being without your phone, and many people are questioning whether our obsession with smartphone use has become an addiction.
What Is Nomophobia?
The term "nomophobia," which is a phrase coined for "fear of no mobile connection," was coined to denote a growing psychological phenomenon that people are experiencing. It describes the feeling of anxiety that occurs when a cell phone battery is drained, when you enter an area that has no cell phone coverage or when you lose your phone.
Although it is not yet in the DSM-V diagnostic catalog of recognized mental health problems, it is noted as a separate condition that can produce anxiety on a level with going to the dentist or jitters on your wedding day. It can also indicate an unhealthy attachment to your smartphone that could indicate an impending addiction.
Personal Problems That Result From Constant Smartphone Use
The constant need to feel connected through smartphone use can cause disruptions in real-life relationships. People often are so busy checking their texts and emails they fail to listen to partners and close family members. As a result, these relationships suffer, as individuals feel shut off from face-to-face communications. Smartphone interactions can also begin to feel more intimate and important than actual relationships, which further alienate partners and family in real life.
Overuse of Smartphones for Work
Constant smartphone use can also affect work lives, causing people to use work communications to avoid relationship problems or hectic family activities. Some people use their constant smartphone to prove their importance, and they maintain contact with work partners to micro-manage every area of their work activities. The constant feeling of being on-duty and at work can lead to chronic feelings of anxiety, depression, sleep problems and a negative impact on health. Some execs have had to swear off being available on weekends or vacations in order to safeguard their health from the constant work stress.
Ways To Disconnect
Many psychologists are now recommending taking the time to disconnect from technology so that individuals can fully experience their lives in real time. This action can help to refresh spirits, relieve stress and renew personal relationships. Here are some ways that you can disconnect from your smartphone and enjoy real life again:
· If you don't feel right about turning off the phone initially, just put it on silent so you can engage in other activities without distraction.
· Charge your phone in a room that you don't spend a lot of time in.
· Make sure you are logged out of social media--avoid automatic log-ins that will tempt you to spend more time on the smartphone.
· Actively visit places that do not allow cell phones. This measure will help you to overcome that anxious feeling when you're not connected.
· When traveling away from home, don't bring your charger. You will have to use the phone in a very limited manner.
· Take the family for a weekend in the woods. You can commune with nature, without cell phone coverage and the distractions that it brings.
· Schedule periods of "no phone use" during which your whole family turns off the phone and interacts on a face-to-face basis.
These tips can help you to renew your relationships and will show you that life can be satisfying and productive, even without your smartphone.