Did you know that you and I, and probably half of this world suffer from an alarming ‘anxiety disorder’? It’s called Nomophobia.

Tech enthusiasts are already acquainted about this new found health disorder, but the newbies maybe a bit baffled. Well, sweat not. It’s nothing but ‘constant fear of losing your mobile phone’. Why this weird term?– ’Nomo’ stands for ‘NoMobile’ and Phobia means fear. ‘Nomophobia’ owes its neology to the UK Postal office which assigned a research organization to analyze anxiety complications faced by mobile phone users back in 2010. Patrick O’Neill who was then working as a spokesperson for the postal service claimed that 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from this disorder. Consequently, O’Neill became an activist who spread awareness about Nomophobia by launching a website and Twitter account. Mobile phone users have increased in leaps and bounds in these six years. So it’s needless to say that the statistics would be much more alarming at present. Here are some facts which may raise your eyebrows.

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  • 9 out of 10 people are nomophobics.
  • 65% users sleep with their phones beside them.
  • 90% individuals panic when the phone is out of their sight, show low battery, has no network or data connectivity.
  • According to a worldwide UN study, the number of mobile devices will soon exceed the number of people on earth.
  • 91% of the young people (between 18-24 years) take their phones to the bathroom.
  • An average person checks his/her phone for about 110 times per day, while the more addicted ones check as much as 900 times per day.
  • 95% of people claimed that they browse their phones before going to sleep.

Symptoms

  • Mental disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and depression
  • Considerably decreased number of face-to-face interactions. This symptom is often termed as ‘Techno Stress’.
  • ‘Ringxiety’ is yet another symptom where the user looks at the mobile too many times just to ensure if there’s any notification.
  • Short temper and irritability.
  • Nervousness and palpitation when away or unable to use the mobile phone due to some reason.
  • Extreme cases may lead to nausea, breathing trouble, dizziness, eye disease, chest pain, heart rate acceleration, etc.
  • ‘Transient smartphone blindness’ is the latest addition to the list of health disorder caused due to overuse of mobiles. It’s a phenomenon which causes temporary blindness in one or both the eyes.
  • ‘Text neck’ is a physical ailment mainly observed in young people which occurs due to bending of one’s neck at a particular angle to look at the mobile.
  • ‘Cell phone elbow’ occurs when you hold the cell phone up to the ear for a very long time. It causes problems like motility or contraction of muscles.

How to get good riddance from ‘Nomophobia’

If you want to recover from this addiction before it’s too late then you may skim over these tips:

Start reading books: Many of us scroll through the mobile without any reason or just to pass time. Why not start nurturing the habit of reading books of your favourite genre? It’s not only informative but also mind refreshing.

Put off that data connectivity/WiFi button: While you’re travelling, watching a movie, working at office or even hanging out with friends, you can very well do away without connecting with the virtual world. Put off the data connectivity button and just concentrate on what you’re doing or simply listen to music instead.

Meditation/Exercise: Give yourself at least 30 minutes from the entire day. You will already be keeping most of the health disorders at bay if you start practicing physical exercises followed with meditation every day.

Get professional help: If you feel the addiction is alarming then you may consult psychiatrists. There are a lot of rehab programs provided online who would cure you as per your requirements and symptoms.

If you have any more tips, do share with us!

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  1. Debajyoti Mitra

    September 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I found the article very relevant. 🙂

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