Do you find yourself checking your smart phone in each idle moment you get? Do you put your phone on the table to watch over your food while you eat? Do you sleep with your phone next to you in bed, tucked lovingly in like a treasured stuffed animal?
You’re probably suffering from nomophobia, a made up word that means “the fear of losing signal, running out of battery, or losing sight of your phone.” Oh no!
According to a survey conducted by British polling company One Poll, some odd 54% of UK adults report having these kinds of feelings regarding their mobile devices. And that’s not all. Via The Telegraph:
The survey also found that 42 per cent of people took their phones with them to the beach on holiday, while 28 per cent of people said they would check work emails while abroad.
And one in five respondents admitted to checking their email in bed on a mobile device.
A quarter of the 1,000 workers polled by One Poll said they would check texts and emails while on a dinner date, with women more likely to do so in men. Overall, women were more likely to suffer from ‘nomophobia’ than men.
I imagine the numbers for America are the same, if not worse. I myself am definitely feeling my technology addiction’s effects after losing my beloved iPhone down a hole and getting stuck with a $15 burner. Shit’s like a missing limb. So, given these sad facts, what’s a smart phone addict to do? This is a little like going to Lindsay Lohan for advice on quitting drinking, but here goes nothing.
-Find a new way to occupy your mind during ten-second breaks in whatever you are doing. Practice deep breathing? Picture whirled peas? Masturbate idly? IDK.
-Try not to go out to dinner with people more boring than your iPhone. I know this is not an exact science, but try.
-Move to an area that has shitty cell phone service, like New York.
-Drop your phone down ten feet of brambles while exploring a forgotten neighborhood. Aah, freedom! Make sure you are too broke to replace it right away, or this won’t work.
-Conversely, just give your phone to me. Don’t forget to remove any embarrassing n00dz ahead of time. Or do! I love other people’s personal shit.
I don’t think there’s any foolproof way to get over your nomophobia, but these suggestions should get you on your way. Have fun living in the moment.
(Via The Cut)