NOMOPHOBIA: DISCONNECTING? NO, THANK YOU!

NOMOPHOBIA: DISCONNECTING? NO, THANK YOU!

In a world made of connections like the one we are living in nowadays, where the needs of communicating and dialoguing (through electronic devices) break down all geographical borders and barriers that once seemed to be insurmountable.

In a world of people whose brains are constantly evolving, a world where the curiosity regarding the power of networking far outweigh the desire of privacy, leaving room to compulsively share content describing our life experiences.

In a world where men and technology share a symbiotic relationship, hence screens are being touched about 3000 times daily, one of our innermost needs and, let’s face it, one of the scariest things, is our smartphone or tablet running out of battery.

While sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, in order to occupy time, we call our friend, even on a lunch break, we keep sending work e-mails, or while leaving for our well-deserved trip, we feel the need to post and share our life on Instagram and Facebook.

All of this is not possible if we don’t have a charger on us, an outlet to plug it into or an available power station, without forgetting to check on our device because there is no security.

The fact that we fear being left without our smartphone or tablet, both perceived as an extension of our body, generates the urge to look for somewhere we can draw power from to avoid the breaking point, a fully charged power station, a safe harbor to dock in and connect our smartphone or tablet to.

It’s from these small fears and attitudes we pay no attention to, or we deliberately disregard, that new forms of “addictions” like nomophobia (the growing fear of being without a mobile device) arise.

This such topic underlines a sore point of what we might as well call a digital world by now and highlights the compulsive relationship men have with technology that surrounds them.

Letting go of nomophobia (today seen as a real process addiction) is not that easy; we feel the insuppressible need to stay connected and check the phone every time we put it down, we prefer scrolling through our mobile device stuck in the virtual world instead of looking up and laying our eyes on the world around us.

Moral of the story? We should all come clean, say “mea culpa” and admit that it will be better if we look up, put our mobile device down in a comfortable, safe, place, which could maybe serve as a power station as well.

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