Mobile phones have become a ubiquitous part of mordern life. They serve as a great connector, personal organizer, online shopping tool, calendar, alarm clock and mobile bank.
They are very beneficial but overdependence on it brings about addiction.
Nomophobia is a recently coined out term to describe fear of being without a phone.
A lot of people have fear of losing their phones, their battery being exhausted which leads to increased anxiety and depression, a lower sense of overall well being, decreased grades. It occurs more frequently in teenagers and young adults
Symptoms of Nomophobia
Worry, fear or panic when you are without your phone or unable to use it
Tightness in chest
Trouble breathing normally
Trembling or shaking
Feeling dizzy or disoriented
Stress or anxiety
Causes of Nomophobia
When there is lack of discipline or self control, when they are insecure, they get easily bored, have no recreational hobbies, then this phobia is experienced
Cell phones are readily available everywhere and used by people of all ages today
Effects of Nomophobia
It makes anyone affected to neglect other aspects of their life
It causes nervousness
Decreased grades for students
It affects relationships and also get in the way of their work at school or office. Many nomophobes are known to be lonere.
How to overcome Nomophobia
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Turn off cell phones at least an hour before bed
Turn off notifications
Establish phone – free Zones