Do you suffer from nomophobia? The fear of being without your phone

Do you suffer from nomophobia? The fear of being without your phone. Also known as FOMO – fear of missing out.

A survey by Deloitte says Adults spend about five hours a day on their devices and glance at them 50 to 60 times. Nomophobia is up there with fear of spiders in the Western world.

That’s time we used to spend talking to people, reading books and other “old school” stuff in the real world.

Apple is introducing detailed statistics and even a screen time limiter in an attempt to address the growing concerns that smartphone use is affecting our mental health.

After Apple debuted Screen Time, a new iOS feature aimed to combat tech addition, at the Worldwide Developer Conference this mont, Tim Cook admitted it led to a rude awakening about his own phone use. “I’ve been using it and I have to tell you, I thought I was fairly disciplined about this. And I was wrong.”

Tim Cook suffers from Nomophobia
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., admits that he spends too much time on his iPhone

Google has similar features for Android, and Facebook is testing time-tracking in its apps.

They won’t solve the problem of tech addiction, they’ll make the problem more visible.

According to research, half of all phone use is in response to notifications. Switching those off is a great move towards a healthy phone relationship.

If you can’t do that, or feel the FOMO rising at the thought of it, try switching to summary notifications that are sent less often. Alternatively avoid nomophobia using an app like Forest.

Phones give us the impression of connection without the biological benefits we get from being in the company of friends and colleagues.

It feels like connection but our neurology feels alone.

How much time do you spend on your phone and how do you manage #FOMO?

Further Reading

Deloitte: Mobile Consumer Survey 2017: The UK cut

Save the planet by not using your phone – The Forest App
#stress #resilience #nexus8 #nomophobia #fomo


Experienced business leader, mentor and coach, with fascinations for technology, psychology and ancient philosophies. A self-confessed techno hippy with a unique talent for bringing the best out in people.

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