Where is my mobile? – Nomophobia!
The number of Smartphone users is increasing. With the access to multitudes of functionalities, and the way we channel our information and communicate, we rely on our mobiles much more. Not only that but the value of a mobile has increased ten fold. Many of us carry about a £500 piece of equipment in our pockets – without any insurance or security measures in place. A veritable reliance on our mobiles has recently coined the term Nomophobia.
To put it simply: Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The term, an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia”.
Do you become anxious if you lose your mobile and the contact that we rely on with our friends and family or work contacts? Have you ever been on your mobile and started to wonder where it was? Ok, maybe that’s only me, however, many of us can appreciate this coining of phrase. Perhaps even most of us see our mobile as our most precious possession. First thing we check we have in our pockets/bags (ladies) when we leave somewhere? Smartphones allow us to use them multifunctionally, that they have become our camera, music player, phone, PC…….our access to the world.
In the past not hearing from someone or being able to contact someone over a few days may not have played as much on our minds. As a consequence of the huge worldwide growth in mobile usage, an equally huge dependency on being able to maintain contact with important people in our lives 24/7 has resulted.
“Losing contact with someone now causes a state of anxiety.”
It has been reported that 2/3 of the population suffer from “nomophobia”.
Business commitments have also meant that more and more professionals are even more attached to their phones. The Nomophobia is not exclusive to consumers, it relates to the businessman, the teenager, the mother, the father, the daughter………….
Signs that you could be suffering from Nomophobia:
- Is your mobile the first thing and the last thing you check you have before you leave somewhere?
- How many times do you check your mobile a day?
- Is your mobile the first thing you check when you wake up in the morning?
- Is your mobile the last thing you check when you go to sleep at night?
- Do you feel anxious if your mobile isn’t nearby?
- Does just the thought of losing your phone make your heart pound?
- Do you keep an extra phone on hand, just in case your primary phone breaks?
- Do you sometimes take it to bed with you?
These are just some of the signs that prove how dependent we are on our mobiles and how levels of stress are induced by this dependency.
We found some top tips to help alleviate your nomophobic condition:
Loss or Theft
Carry your mobile phone out of view in a buttoned or zipped pocket or section of your bag.
Avoid putting your mobile down in public places.
Regularly create a back-up of your address book on a spare mobile phone, SIM card or computer.
Keep a separate record of your account number, phone number and security codes in a secure but convenient place in case you need them to report the loss of your phone to your mobile services provider
Handset or SIM Card Failure
Buy a low cost mobile phone with a pay as you go SIM card package as a back up and make sure that you have copied your address book to the SIM.
Make sure you charge your battery before you leave the house.
Keep a spare battery charger at work
Buy a spare battery as a back up.
Running out of credit
On pay-as-you go phones check your balance and top up your phone regularly.
If you can’t top up your phone direct from your bank or credit card make sure you remember to check your balance and top up when you are visiting a Post Office or other retail outlet providing top up services.
Keeping in contact while traveling abroad
Before traveling check with your Mobile service provider to make sure that you can send and receive calls while abroad.
Find out how much calls home are likely to cost and shop around for better deals using international calling cards or payas you go SIM cards.
Just in case you venture into an area with poor reception make sure you have personalised your voicemail message. Callers are more likley to leave a message if they are sure they have reached the right person.