Nomophobia and Mobile Phone Dependence

The smartphone has changed the way people do their daily routines. It seamlessly combines a near-infinite number of useful tools into one compact device. The smartphone can do all of a regular phone’s tasks such as make calls and send text messages. It can access also the internetPhones are an all-in-one package that holds a ton of features that make life easier.

The smartphone has changed the way people do their daily routines. It seamlessly combines a near-infinite number of useful tools into one compact device. The smartphone can do all of a regular phone’s tasks such as make calls and send text messages. It can also access the internet, take photos, videos, play music, do your shopping, and even provide games. Today’s smartphones also have GPS tracking, flashlight, distress signals, emergency services, and can act as backup power.

One-Stop Shop

The smartphone is the one-stop destination for anything you need. When looking to pass the time, you can bet you will be reaching for your phone. Because of this ‘universal’ aspect of a smartphone, it can be quite addicting. In fact, phones are no longer a luxury – they are a necessity in today’s modern world.

The question you have to ask yourself – how much is too much time spent on your device?

A Case of Nomophobia

In a study conducted last year, it turned out that 45% of the entire world’s population (estimated 3.5 billion) has a smartphone. Because people use (or have access to) their phones for the majority of the day, being away from it can be an odd experience. People are used to checking their emails, taking photos, watch videos, and listen to music. Without their phone, you take away all access to what they enjoy.

In fact, there is even a term for that – nomophobia. Nomophobia is the fear of not having your mobile phone with you. Has this ever happened to you? When was the last time you forgot your phone at home? What did you end up doing for the rest of the day?

Nomophobia is that fear of missing out – whether from updates on social media, or watching the latest videos from your subscriptions. Without a phone, you feel isolated and alone. Your connection to your friends, family, and all things you enjoy are not there.

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