You have experienced fear of moving away from your cell phone, perhaps you are approaching nomophobia. I invite you to find out.
With the arrival of new technological devices, such as tablets, cell phones, laptops, smart televisions and many others, new phenomena have begun to emerge at the same time. One of them is what is known today as nomophobia (the fear of running out of a cell phone).
Those who have started to suffer from this disorder have some of the following symptoms:
Extreme fear of leaving home without the phone
If they are asked to go out without their cell phone, they refrain from accepting the invitation or, on the contrary, if they do, they begin to experience the feeling of being disconnected, alone, at a disadvantage compared to their peers, unprotected, vulnerable and isolated “from the world ”. (All are feelings similar to withdrawal syndrome.)
They consult the different notifications several times a day
It is impossible for them not to access messages, chats, emails and everything on their cell phone for a day.
They avoid in any way running out of balance or load
That the cell phone turns off in the middle of the day, or that the contracted minutes run out, unleashes anxiety in them. For this reason, people who tend to nomophobia always carry a charger with them, and are constantly attentive to the balance they have on their mobile phone.
Do not detach from your phone
Leaving it far away is unthinkable, and running out of signal or believing it lost becomes a catastrophe; this, as in the previous point, generates anxiety.
You have trouble concentrating on your daily duties
Many begin to neglect their obligations to give more time to use the cell phone. Putting off activities and stopping talking to peers begins to become common.
They are fans of social networks
The feeling of security that comes from being able to talk instantly with whoever you want, implicitly provides security. For this reason, they seem to relate in a better way with the people who are on the other side of the screen than with those in front of them.
But what to do if we are in front of someone with these symptoms, or if we experience them? Some tips for changing are:
Seek professional help if the situation cannot be handled
After recognizing that the cell phone has begun to win the battle, we must seek the help of a psychologist, who intervenes in this erroneous learning, to point out different guidelines to follow, in order to leave the fears behind.
Use other kinds of help to remember
If you consider that you will not be able to remember everything you have to do after starting to leave your cell phone behind, it is time for you to start dusting off your old watch, buy sticky notes, calendars, diaries or any other object that helps you remember tasks slopes.
Disconnect the internet when doing important tasks,
to maintain concentration in each of those activities that require concentration during the day, such as: study hours, work meetings, meals, family conversations, while driving the car, etc.
Reduce the number of hours you surf the internet
This should be a gradual change, increasing as the days go by. You can start subtracting 30 minutes a day, gradually increasing throughout the week. Little by little you will begin to perceive a change in your routine.
Go out with the family without a cell phone,
to avoid the temptation of constantly looking at different notifications. Leave your cell phone at home or make sure someone keeps it for you during the outing.
The important thing is that you don’t let technology dominate and order your life, but rather use it as part of it, to turn it into an aid that does not enslave, or alienate you from the people you love; May it be a tool, an ally, that can bring you closer to your personal and family goals. Start enjoying life off the screen!