What is nomophobia?
The world was struck by a new disease that swept all walks of life and had no age restrictions. It is spreading rapidly, has already acquired the form of an epidemic. Photo: Depositphotos It all began for doctors with the fact that in 2010 a survey was conducted in England in order to find out what the role of mobile phones is in modern life. It was possible to answer in any form.
When summarizing the results of the survey, the answers were distributed taking into account their semantic orientation. It turned out not at all what was expected. It turned out that over half of the respondents (53%) noted the presence of a mobile phone as a negative factor. Cause? It was indicated quite clearly: a constant state of anxiety due to fear of missing an important message. And this can happen if the phone is discharged, is in an unstable communication zone, money is out of balance or a call signal is not heard.
A lot of respondents (55%) wrote in their replies that they try to never turn off the mobile phone (a spare battery is used) and constantly keep it with them in any situation. Almost all respondents admitted that they have chronic depression, and associated it with fear for any reason that they suddenly lose their mobile connection. Alarmed by the results of the survey, the doctors repeated it again. Alas, the results were identical – the great benefit of technological progress has become a new way to get persistent mental disorder.
The phenomenon was called nomophobia – a fear of being without mobile communications. Psychologists said that the level of stress with nomophobia is comparable to the level of fear of being on the operating table. Frequent attacks of this type of phobia have become commonplace for those who solve important issues on a mobile phone or make a living with it. Stress as a result of a scandal can occur even when a person does not depend on a mobile phone, but forgot to inform in a timely manner about where he is and what he is doing.
Alas, but many of us have become hostages of mobile communications. Officially, medicine recognized the emergence of a new disease with an alarming rate of spread. People suffering from nomophobia are characterized by aggressive behavior when they make a comment, indirectly or directly related to the mobile phone.
Rudeness in communication becomes the norm, as a person is already inadequate. For example, he missed the call and, with clearly his fault, “runs over” the caller with the question: “Why didn’t you call me again?” Many develop auditory hallucinations. Photo: Depositphotos A characteristic manifestation of nomophobia is auditory hallucinations. All the time, it seems to a person that they just got a call.
This often forces you to remove the mobile phone from your pocket or purse and look at the display. Unfortunately, medicine does not yet know effective methods of treating nomophobia. Psychologists recommend self-medication. You can, showing strength of will, try to turn off the mobile phone for a day. This method allows you to understand that few people need you and they can easily do without you.
Turning on the phone again, you will clearly see this, since only single calls will be missed. By calling back, you will be convinced that nothing important was wanted from you. In the end, remember the days when there was only a wired telephone connection – then the world did not turn upside down. If it’s hard for you to limit yourself in conversations on your cell phone, try to “translate the vector” into the SMS plane only, and tell everyone that you have problems with the microphone. Oddly enough, it helps. After all, a missed text message can be opened later and answered in the form of SMS. You can even completely turn off the signal warning of the arrival of messages. Of course, it is impossible to refuse mobile communications.
And there is no great need for such a refusal. Just a mobile phone user needs to understand that he himself complicates his life, and you need to “resolve” the situation with health benefits.