The use of mobile phones has increased exponentially in recent years, particularly with the advent of smart devices. They have become our companions, both in the pocket and on the move. But, excessive or non-rational usage can lead to fear, dependence, and addiction.
Nomophobia (non-mobile-phone-phobia) can be understood as an extreme fear or anxiety of an irrational nature that originates when the person remains for a period of time without being able to use their mobile phone. It could be because the phone is too far away, or because there are no data plans or batteries available.
The most common hypothesis that attempts to address this problem is currently being used is that fear can be caused by four factors: inability or loss of communication with others, loss in connection, inability/inability to access information, and giving up comfort.
A nomophobic behavior is a person who forgets their phone at home and then starts to feel overwhelmed, afraid, or paralyzed. You should investigate if the person is experiencing noophobia.
This can also be caused by not being able immediately to consult all notifications sent through the applications installed on our device.
Nomophobia, unlike dependency, can be seen as an extreme fear that hinders and hinders a person's daily living, especially if they are unable to use their mobile immediately.
Numerous studies have shown that people from different backgrounds (students, teachers, doctors, etc.) are more likely to be successful than those from the same group. This problem is common.
Recent studies have shown that nomophobia can negatively impact an individual's personality and self-esteem as well as anxiety, stress, academic performance, and self-esteem. It can also cause mental and physical health problems.
Numerous variables can predict noophobia, and these were used in the recent study. These variables include interpersonal sensitivity, obsessive compulsive behaviour and hours per day spent on the phone.
However, it is also influenced by age (especially in teenagers) and poor lifestyle choices, such as poor diet or sleeping less.
This phenomenon requires more research. It has become one of the most prevalent pathologies after the recent digital revolution.
Research shows that this condition can cause other problems. This could include poor eating habits, decreased rest time, isolation from others, reduced performance at work, and greater distractions.
It can also cause certain health problems. Carpal tunnel syndrome, which is an excessive pressure on the median nerve in your wrist that allows sensations and movement to certain parts of the hand, could be a result. Other mental conditions, such as depression, social phobia and hyperactivity can also develop.
It is important to start education programs early in life that encourage the rational use and rationalization of mobile devices to prevent this problem from affecting our mental and physical well-being. This requires the development of digital competence and critical awareness in relation to the use and potential misuse of information and communications technologies.
It is also recommended that the individual in question conduct a self-analysis on the time they spend using their phone every day. It is also important to reflect on the purpose of using it, and analyze its behavior.
The subject can determine if he should adjust the amount of time he spends using his mobile. This is based on self-awareness. If necessary, seek out help from others.
If you feel that your daily life is being affected by your phone's use, and you are having problems with it, you may have a dependency that could lead you to noophobia. situation.
This article was published in "The Conversation".