The evolution of cell phones has drastically changed in last decade i.e. from traditional mobile phones to smart phones. A smartphone is “a mobile phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, typically having a touch screen interface, internet access, and an operating system capable of running downloaded applications” (Oxford Dictionaries, 2018)
Can you imagine your life without phone for a day? It’s hard right? Do you have hard time putting your phone down? According to article on Readers Digest, “21 signs You’re Way too Addicted to Your Phone” I have all 21 signs! In my defence, phones do performs many functions of a computer and instead of being on computer, I get most of information through phone. I do my banking through mobile app, read news through twitter and Facebook, stay connected with my friends and families overseas through iMessages and Whats app. What is your excuse? What do you use your cell phones for?
Do you suffer from Nomophobia? “Nomophobia is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power.The word nomophobia is a portmanteau made up of no + mobile + phone + phobia. The term was created by YouGov, a research organization based in the United Kingdom. In a 2008 study, researchers reported that 53% of mobile users felt anxious when they were unable to use their mobile phones and over half of users never shut their phones off. Subsequent studies have found that the numbers have increased since then.”
For me having my phone with me is like a safety net i.e. if I ever get stuck at some place, I have a solution of contacting someone for a rescue. The readers digest article talks about and I tend to agree that at times instead of networking in small groups, we all tend to spend time on smartphones and browsing that we forget benefits of socializing vs isolating.
Beginning of this year, I accidentally forgot my phone at home as I was running late for work and as soon as I realized I didn’t have my phone, I started to panic. My anxiety level was high and then during noon hour, it went down as I was getting used to not checking my phone every five minutes. At that moment, I realized that how addicted I was to my phone and how peaceful it was for me to stay away for few hours. Instead of being in present time I had urge of replying to texts, emails as soon I received them as I thought making other person wait for my reply would make them impatient. I was not spending time doing any hobbies that I liked and it was keeping me away from uncomfortable situations i.e. from looking bored and from being unproductive. I was suffering from Nomophobia and my anxiety level was high when my phone battery was low and my phone usage was noticeable at social gatherings among my friends as I was busy flipping through my phone as a distraction. After that, I took few days to think and came up with some goals and rules of taking my addiction away. I realized that I didn’t have to be available every second of the day. This gives me more time to enjoy my present time and not constantly glare at phone for notification. I have turned off all notifications from my phone so I am not forced to check my social media accounts and I only check them once a day to get updates. I turn phone off during night so in middle of night if I am awake, I won’t be attracted to check my phone. By just trying simple steps, I was able to get away from my addiction, my phone battery lasts all day and I am able to enjoy my present time and not have my phone as my companion!
Are you addicted to your phone? Do you have some or all 21 signs as mentioned in Readers Digest article? Can you stay away from your phone for a day? Share your comments.
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