Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile phone. This may sound silly, but it is becoming a big problem in todays society. We’ve all seen people on dates, at movie theaters, and even at family dinners staring into their phones instead of interacting with the people in front of them. This problem has created tension and arguments among spouses, family members and friends. An article published in Psychology Today describes many issues and statistics for Nomophobia in the U.S. Of all the adults, 66% of them suffer from Nomophobia. More than 50% never turn off their mobile devices, and 65% sleep next to their phones. We all rely on technology as a tool to pay bills, check emails, and participate in social media, but is it becoming too much. Are we being controlled by our phones?
Here are some ways to balance being on your phone.
- Make sure you have times during your day that you turn your phone off and have face to face communication or solitude.
- Balance your time, for every hour spent on your phone you spend an hour talking to an actual person.
- Try a technology fast where you go without your phone, tablet or computer for a whole day.
- Place your phone 15 feet away from you when you sleep
These are some of the ways that can help people balance phone time and actually having a face to face human interaction. Technology moves so fast, I remember not having a cell phone 12 years ago and now I do everything from my phone like pay bills, check emails, social media and use it as my camera. I liked a quote from the article that describes technology perfectly, “Technology should be a servant, not a master.” Don’t let technology control you, and miss out on life itself.