I’m a “nomophobe” and never knew it!! Thank God I work for a Pharmacy!!
There has got to be a pill or a supplement for me!
I have been called a lot of things in my almost 46 years on the planet and I can now add “nomophobic” as I struggle with my latest condition, “nomophobia” – a condition so named in 2008 by a research company YouGov Plc who was doing research for the UK Post Office.
In 2008 they found that 53% of mobile phone users actually suffered from anxiety when detached from their mobile devices (forgot phone, battery failing, can’t use at a given time etc…). 58% of men to 48% of women claimed to suffer from this condition in a survey of over 2200 folks in the UK.
Well things have changed a bit in 4 years. Yes they have – they got worse!
In a recent study by YouGov, for a mobile phone carrier in the UK, 66% now claimed to have anxiety when detached from their mobile devices, with 70% of woman and 61% of men claiming this! Many women (41%) feared detachment so much, they actually carried two phones!!
Even though this was a UK study, I would have to think that many North Americans and for sure Canadians, suffer from this “condition”.
Not hard to see it everywhere nowadays. Sit on the bus and it seems most are on the phones or tabs. Restaurants and bars will have their patrons scrabbling to find their phones and checking texts! Heaven forbid, we just sit and talk and pay attention to those in front of us (I am guilty of that as well, I know!) Sitting at a game, sitting on a plane, sitting in church, sitting on the “throne” and you hear them go off in the washrooms at work and in public restrooms. During meetings, presentations, and in most business situations. There is no place that sacred that the mobile device does not find a way into it.
Checking email, texts, tweets, messages and calls. We just cannot seem to let our technology leave our hands. The fear of “missing” something is way to scary!!
And this does not seem to be exclusive to any age group. It seems to start from the teens all the way through to seniors (believe me, I know, you should see my folks at 69 and 76 on their iPhones and iPads andMacBooks). We have really become terrified of missing out.
I am not here to say whether it is good or bad. I do think it has gotten a bit out of control, as the definition of social rudeness seems to have been redefined – I mean really redefined! It is almost impossible to make it through any social situation without someone taking out a phone or tab. But who I am I to say, as I have to run, I just got a text on the iPhone and my iPad says I have mail…gotta go!
Ciao for now @kootenayborn