constant fear of not having cellphone service
In the U.S., it’s gotten worse…
- Sixty-five percent, or about two in three people, sleep with or next to their smart phones. (Among college students, it’s even higher).
- Thirty-four percent admitted to answering their cell phone during intimacy with their partner. (Hey, what happened to valuing the person you are with in-person?)
- One in five people would rather go without shoes for a week than take a break from their phone. (It’s a good way to lose your sole and your soul).
- More than half never switch off their phone. (I’d call that an addiction).
- A full 66 percent of all adults suffer from “nomophobia.”
How to prevent Nomophobia
- Be sure there are daily times you turn off the cell phone and experience either face-to-face conversations or solitude.
- Balance screen time and in-person time each week. For every hour you invest in front of a screen, you invest in human contact.
- Try a technology fast every month, where you actually go for a day or more without a computer, tablet or phone. You’ll feel liberated.
- Place your phone at least 15 feet away from you when you sleep at night. I realize you’ll have to get up to push “snooze,” but it’s safer this way.
- Block your day in time zones, where you spend time using technology, but also have blocks of time for organic, genuine interaction with people.