NO MOBILE PHONE
By: Siyabonga Dube
Do you fear not having your phone with you? You just might have Nomo-phobia.
The obsession is not easy to control as technology introduces new apps all the time. Individuals who suffer from this are usually anxious- they panic at the sight of a low battery.
According to an article by Eddie Wrenn ,the inability to turn your phone off, constantly checking for missed calls, emails and texts, and being unable to pop into the bathroom without taking your phone with you, are part of the symptoms of this phobia.
“The disconnect of not being able to chat and communicate with the people I usually talk to would kill me mentally- I would adapt but it would be hard,” said Sibusiso Ngcongwane.
According to Psychologists Dale Archer, 70 percent of women have a phone separation anxiety, as opposed to 60 percent of men.
“We consider the smartphone an extension of ourselves, a best friend, even a soul mate. So the loss can be similar to losing a best friend,” said Archer. Nomophobic individuals slowly are replacing people in their lives, with gadgets.
At family gatherings, parties, weddings and even funerals, people are always on their phones.
“Before mobile devices existed, meal-time was a time for interaction,” said Jenny Radesky, a developmental and behavioral resident at the Boston Medical Centre.
Nomophobia is curable- one needs to mentally detach themselves from gadget addiction. Let you your mouth do the talking, not your fingers.