I can state without a doubt that nearly 50% of those reading this are suffering from NOMOPHOBIA. Scratching your head or looking at the ceiling? Naaaah, the meaning is not there.
Nomophobia is the term for addiction to mobile phone. A phobia is an irrational fear. In the case of Nomophobia, the irrational part is the degree of discomfort the person feels at the thought of being separated from their phone.
It is characterized by an intense and irrational fear over your mobile phone. This includes fear of losing the phone, fear of the phone being damaged, fear of running out of battery, fear of running out of network coverage and finally fear of not having call or data credit.
The suggestive features of Nomophobia include:
Feeling of worry and anxiety when you do not have your mobile phone with you;
Compulsively checking your phone for notifications;
Sleeping with your phone;
Checking your phone first thing as you wake up.
Now do a self evaluation and make a diagnosis . Are you Nomophobic? If your phone is a palasa one…abeg shift. This is not for you, abeg. Nomophobia is not for those with any how phone. The condition get levels joo!
Just like other addictions, addiction to mobile phone use comes with complications.
Addicts tend to often have back pain because of constantly hunching over the phone during use. They are also prone to Occipital neuralgia. This is a neurological condition where the nerves that run from the top of the spinal cord up through the scalp become compressed or inflamed. This results in severe headache or a migraine-like kind of pain.
Anxiety and Depression are also common. The more time people spend on their phones, the more likely they are to be depressed. Every minute spent on the phone is one minute of direct beneficial human interaction lost.
Onomophobia also results in distortion of sleep pattern and sleep disruption. Going to bed at night with your phone is bad news. The light from your phone can actually push back sleep time twice as long as coffee does, thanks to its ability to suppress melatonin, the hormone that helps with sleep timing.
Your beautiful phone can also increase your risk of falling sick. The average mobile phone carries 10 times the amount of bacteria that is found on a toilet seat. Obviously while your toilet seat is probably not going to touch your face, your phone routinely does.
The eyes of the mobile phone addict are also at risk. The long hours spent looking at your phone’ screen can lead to eye strain. The 20-20-20 rule has been advocated. Basically, every 20 minutes spent using a screen; you should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds. It takes about 20 seconds for your eyes to completely relax.
Text claw is not an accepted medical term yet but its symptoms and effects are real. The individual experiences cramped fingers, wrist pain and muscle pain due to continuous texting and scrolling on the touch screen of a smart phone.
I could go on and on but the essential issue is that Nomophobia is real and has dire consequences. As you dey feel cool with that your sharp phone…..na kwa echeki oh!