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Mental Health: Are you Suffering from Nomophobia

  By posted May 9th 2013
Healthy Living

 

Mental Health: Are you suffering from Nomophobia

 

Nomophobia, as the name suggests, is a fear of not being able to stay connected by mobile all the time. Most people cannot imagine a life without a cellphone and constantly keep checking their pockets at regular intervals or tracking notifications on their smart phones. Similarly, those suffering from this consider the mobile phone an essential tool to be in contact with people, making them feel secure and closer to their near ones. Typically, these individuals get anxious and their stress levels go up when they realise that their phone battery is running out or they need to be in a place where there is no network coverage. If you have similar fears like this, you might be suffering from Nomophobia.

Is Nomophobia good or bad?
This phobia is a result of an addiction that is spreading across the globe like wild fire.  Nomophobia can have adverse effects on a person's health as well as his/her social life. And the fact that it is a phobia makes it bad anyway. With the massive worldwide growth in mobile connections, it has made us dependent on the usage of mobile phones to stay in contact with our near and dear ones 24x7.

Problems you could have if you suffer from Nomophobia

“Nomophobia could lead to serious health ailments as well as have a grave impact on one’s social life.  It is common knowledge that excessive use of mobile phones have been connected to several diseases like cancer, carpel tunnel, and central nervous system diseases.  There have been multiple instances where people have met with accidents due to the use of mobile phones while driving.  Just like the internet, mobile phones have also ensured that we spend very little time socialising.  Most people prefer speaking over the phone instead of talking to the person next to him/her.  This could lead to serious sociological imbalance in our society.

It is a craving of being in contact with the virtual world (through mobile phones) failing which, you are left in a state of irritability, hostility, complete sense of obsession, etc.  The fear turns into phobia when we have a feeling that we will be completely out of contact with our near and dear ones in emergency situations.  Losing mobile contact with children, parents, friends, colleagues or customers can be a stressful and worrying experience.  These days mobile phones have become lifelines for connecting with family, friends, colleagues. We have also become more dependant because our mobiles now double up as mini-computers letting you send email, check news updates, and surf the web, among other things.

*Data Courtesy: Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry, Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi.

*Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images

 

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