Have you ever found yourself without your phone or tablet? It’s jarring, right? A few months ago, I left my iPhone at work. Without a second thought I hopped back on the train for an hour-long commute to retrieve my phone because I couldn’t be without it. How many times has that happened to you? If you know anything about that anxious feeling that comes over, you whenever you are separated from your mobile devices then you may be suffering with no mobile phobia (nomophobia). Yes, it’s a thing but there's hope for those of us who are ready to unplug.
A Reader’s Digest study reveals some real concerns for our generation. The study suggests nearly 66 percent of the population depends on their smartphone to keep their psychological wellbeing intact. Symptoms may include an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.
Consider some other indicators of nomophobia and ways to end it:
- You sleep with your phone. Consider turning off your phone an hour before bed.
- You have several chargers for fear of a dead battery. Consider setting aside time to check your phone.
- You check and recheck for notifications every few minutes. Mute notifications while working.
- You check your phone as soon as you wake up. Stop using your phone and notification as your alarm clock. Just use an alarm clock.
- You check your phone during meals. Consider phone free meals.