Mobile Phone Addiction: Ways to Get Rid of Nomophobia

October 20, 2020 Off By Gabriel Jimenez

Nowadays you see more and more people on the street walking like zombies with their faces buried in their mobile phones, or worse in their tablets sometimes. When you go by subway it’s even worse, because you see people juggling about 2-3 phones, which compete for people’s attention. Dinners and lunches in the city are always eaten cold, because we need an Instagramphotoshoot first, and if a meteorite came tomorrow, it would catch us all with our phones outside, trying to film it. Mobile phone addiction is so serious that it also has a name, “nomophobia . ” Here are some tips to get rid of it.

“Nomophobia” is a term that appeared 10 years ago, invented by a British man and means “the anxiety of parting with a smartphone” . It is an acronym for “no-mobile-phone phobia” and it seems that since 2008 the world has been manifesting this syndrome. Now think of those born that year, who are 9 or 10 years old now and I don’t know what it’s like to sit for a second without a smartphone …

However, here are some ways we can break this digital umbilical cord:

Disable notifications / delete from applications

Many people would spend much less time on their mobile phone if they did from the start the action they set out to do when they took out their phone, without falling into the OCD of incoming notifications. You can also delete some of the applications that you don’t use, or use too rarely. Horoscope? Match scores?

Give up social media

I know, it’s impossible! You are not on Facebook , you do not exist, at least in the virtual environment. On Twitter you get your news and the dose of Trump-ism, on Instagram you validate your pride and on Whatsapp you talk to all your loved ones. If you find it impossible, try at least the experiment of staying without them for a week. I don’t think this job and your social status will affect you …

Set limits on phone use

NOT at the table. NOT the toilet. NOT the restaurant, cinema, concert, club, pub, park. NOT in the bedroom, before bed or when you wake up. NOT when you are with your child, wife, grandmother, even pets. NOT!!!! at the wheel.

Beware of groups

Imagine a person who is in groups on Facebook and Whatsapp: the group of colleagues in general, the mothers of the little one at school, Ferrari enthusiasts, animal lovers, the Whatsapp group at work. This automatically means the potential to receive THOUSANDS of messages a day, which will ruin your whole experience of social networking, work, phone use, life. You better talk to each contact separately …

Don’t argue online

I know it’s tempting to be a troll and a social justice warrior, to make flames and top checks online on your phone, but these are all binary codes and mean nothing to your personality. Victories are futile and you don’t really win or lose anything. Pouring your bile online when you have a bad day has never helped anyone.