What is Nomophobia?
Many of us suffer from nomophobia. I know I do. I can’t go a day without keeping it under control, or with great difficulties and mental anguish. In fact, I can’t go an hour without feeling it, and I bet you too. Most of us have to constantly sooth our nomophobia, at least a few times an hour.
This new thing called nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. And you guessed it, it isn’t new. It relates to being connected all the time, which hides a deeper fear of missing out, of not getting enough.
Are you smiling yet? Nomophobia is probably another society disease, and we all, more or less suffer from it, to an extent or another.
Why am I so connected?
So why is it so important to check and see if we have a message, or if someone is trying to reach us? How did we do before the era of smartphones and cell phones? Surely this is part of human evolution and a sign that we are progressing, evolving, evolution at work. But is it, really? How better off am I if I can’t leave for a full weekend wondering what will be in my mailbox, or how many voicemails will I have when I come back? Worse yet, how productive is this stress of having to keep up with my email inbox and voicemail to keep it under control for fear of having to waste an hour or two on Monday to tame back the wild beast of information overload?
Am I getting old? Have I finally arrived at the stage where life has become too complicated and modern tools are taking their toll on my well being, always demanding more and more, draining my energy, which could be better spent taking care of myself? Why can’t I use more of my time meditating, relaxing, putting things into perspective and making the “right” choices. And what are those right choices anyway? Am I stepping back, coping out? Is my energy spent and I have little more to give this futile game of keeping on top of news that are not really that transcending?
It makes you wonder when you hear one of the greatest society ailment is anxiety, lack of well-being, and now, nomophobia. Go figure. Maybe the Jedi Masters have a point using as little technology as needed, or maybe just the right amount.