Nomophobia is short for “no-mobile-phone phobia.”
It’s the fear of being away from your smartphone.
As you might expect, it’s on the rise.
87% of young adults say their smartphone never leaves their side, while 80% of smartphone users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up.
Smartphone addiction is becoming a big problem. Here are some signs of addiction:
- You frequently use your phone at mealtimes.
- You spend more time on your phone than interacting with others in person.
- You frequently use your phone when you know you should be doing something else more productive.
- You frequently use your phone while performing tasks that require focus, such as completing an assignment, writing a report, or driving.
- You feel uncomfortable when your phone isn’t with you.
- You sometimes check your phone in the middle of the night.
Are you an addict, or do you know someone who is?
No matter how mild or severe the addiction is, here are 15 ways to help you overcome it.
If you implement the tips, I guarantee that you’ll break this habit.
Here are the 15 tips:
1. Turn off notifications.
Many people get distracted by the endless notifications they receive from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, and other apps.
You don’t need to know right away if someone “likes” your status update, follows you on Instagram, or sends you an email.
The more often you check your phone, the more it becomes an ingrained habit. So turn off your notifications and you’ll feel less compelled to use your phone.
The only apps for which you don’t turn off notifications might be your text messaging app and your calendar app. This is because sometimes you’re urgently waiting for a text, or your calendar app notifications keep you on schedule. [Read more…]