The other evening, my husband wanted to walk the neighborhood after dinner. I was all for it. When we got about a block from home, I realized I had left my cell phone behind. I tried to relax and keep walking, but I couldn't enjoy my leisurely stroll thinking that I was unreachable. The longer we walked, the more panicked I felt.
When we arrived home, I checked my phone. No one had called and I had ruined my walk with my husband with my cell phone addiction.
Why are we so frightened of NOT having a mobile phone with us?
A new study reported in The Daily Mail says more than half the population claims to suffer from 'nomophobia' – the fear of being without a mobile phone. (I admit to being in that group)
This cell phone addiction is particularly a concern for women. We are 17% more likely to be anxious away from our phone.
A quarter of people even consult their phones during a dinner date. A fifth of mobile phone owners check their phones in bed.
Millions of us are wired and tired because we're always connected. But we just can't stop ourselves.
I feel like my cell phone has become my safety blanket, even if it just sits comfortably in my purse. It gives me assurance that I'm not out of touch and able to deal with a child or work emergency — my smartphone is my biggest tool for work life balance. (I suspect that's why women are more likely to get stressed over being without their cellphone) But I know I need to control my phone, rather than let it control me.
- Turn your phone off (not just silenced) while in the movie theater, or leave your phone in the car when spending time with friends.
- Dine without your phone nearby, and never leave it directly on the table.
- Turn your phone off while in a meeting.
- Resist the urge to tweet or update a Facebook status while at work or out with a friend.
- Go on a walk, whether it is with a partner, child or pet, and leave the phone at home.
- Trade in a mobile game for a game with others in person.
- Look up directions before getting in the car to avoid looking at a GPS while driving.
- Never text while driving.
Do you feel like you have nomophobia? Have you tried to curb it?