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Nomophobia is Real

Social media is an inseparable part of our everyday lives. It is always there, from the moment we wake up until we fall asleep with our phone in hand. How often do you use your mobile phone? Is there something known as pone addiction? And can you be addicted to your phone? Recent studies show that an average person spends 8hrs 41minutes on electronic devices every single day.

Friend a bit late? Waiting for a bus? It’s easy to spend this time unlocking your smartphone and checking your emails, going online and checking a text message. It’s not like this time could otherwise be spent well, but what this habitual checking can often lead to is a slippery slope of smartphone addiction.

There are 2.71 billion smartphone users in the world today, with 66% of smartphone users being Nomophobia. Nomophobia is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power.

Many people might not know when they are phone addicted and most of them are not willing to accept it. It’s not only phone addiction but also laptops and any other smart devices.

Some of the signs and symptoms include;

Having trouble completing tasks at work or at home. How many times do you find little food in the house for dinner because you’ve been busy chatting online, texting?

Creating a rift between you and your family members. Is your social life suffering because of all the time you spend on your phone or other devices?

Having a fear of missing out, do you always want to be up to date on what is happening?. Feeling of anxiety, or panic if you leave your smartphone at home or at work, the battery runs down or is getting slower. Or do you feel phantom vibration, you think your phone has vibrated but when you check, there are no new messages or updates?

Many people are experiencing these signs but often do they notice that what is really happening is that they are getting addicted to our smartphone. They say that a child will highly copy what they see than what they are told.

Any parent who’s tried to drag a child or teen away from a smartphone or tablet knows how challenging it can be to separate kids from social media, messaging apps, or online games and videos. Confiscating the device can often backfire, creating anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in your child. Instead, there are plenty of other ways to help your child find a healthier balance:

Children have a strong impulse to imitate, be a good role model it’s important you manage your own smartphone and Internet use. It’s no good asking your child to unplug at the dinner table while you’re staring at your own phone or tablet.

Restrict the use of smartphones or tablets to a common area of the house where you can keep an eye on your child’s activity and limit time online. A good example is at the dinner table and bedrooms and insists they turn off after a certain time at night.

Most of the teenagers are rebellious against their parents, but if they hear the same information from a different authority figure, they may be more inclined to listen. Don’t be afraid to seek professional counseling if you are concerned about your child’s smartphone use.

Don’t lose yourself or your child to smart devices.

 

  • By Miriam Jomo
  • 2019-07-10
  • Children and Technology
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