The modern man was born with a new anxiety, nomophobia, the fear of having no access to the mobile phone. Specialists explain the implications of this addiction in our lives.
Check several times a day if your mobile phone is on or if you have lost calls and SMS? Do you get the phone everywhere, including the toilet? The idea of staying without a battery or forgetting the phone will cause you anxiety? All these are signs of mobile phone dependence.
What is nomophobia?
The term nomophobia (No Mobile phone Phobia) appeared in the UK in 2008, following the publication of a survey of 2,000 people. In this survey, 53% of British said they were anxious without the cell phone with them.
Two years later, another study, made this time in France, revealed that 22% of the Frenchmen could not withstand more than one day without the mobile phone.
Nomophobia may translate into nervousness, restlessness, stress due to lack of phone or the fact that it can not be used. An anxiety which most nomophobs justify through the inability to communicate with friends, relatives, but we must not forget that with the advent of the smartphone, we can talk about a useful tool in several respects that go beyond a simple call.
The place of the mobile phone in our lifes
In the past, people were afraid of losing their keys or wallet. Today, we are more afraid to lose the mobile phone. The new generations of mobile phones contain a lot of information, such as addresses, photos, favorite music, well-organized SMS, e-mails, and more.
Internet access, geo-location, here’s how the phone gets ubiquitous in our lives. The reverse of the medal? With a mobile phone, everything becomes urgent, it brings additional social pressure, especially within the professional setting. We become accessible at any time and we have to react, specialists say.
Nomophobia in the future
The phone has so many features that the fear of losing it, forgetting it, or being stolen from us is normal. Beyond these anxieties there is still a risk of living in a virtual world.
‘Manufacturers make this instrument more and more indispensable, and its use can make us lose physical contact.’ explains Phil Marso.