Nomophobia (Phone Addiction)

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If you’ve read my scifi book, Negus, you may have remembered a short story about aliens secretly conducting research on earthlings. In the below passage, the aliens provide send communication back home about the use of mobile phones on Earth. Check out the excerpt below:

Have the technologists yet figured out what the rectangular objects are in the photograph?

We are working on finding a way to have one of these devices in our possession. That feat in itself has proved to be quite the task as these devices seem to always be in the clutches of these beings. Perhaps it is of some sort of lifeline? We are eager to learn from our expert technologists on what purpose these devices serve these beings.

The device is always a short distance away. It must be a lifeline as we have both seen the beings in panic when the device is missing. This reason alone makes it a difficult task in obtaining the device for research. 


Definition of nomophobia

fear of being without access to a working cell phone 
-Webster’s Dictionary

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If you’re like 66% of Americans, you may suffer from nomophobia. This year you may want to add descreasing phone usage to your list of new year resolutions.  Execept unlike you’re other resolutions, stick to it.

There are those that have it so bad, that they develop

ringxiety

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or

Phantom Vibration Syndrome,

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Breaking Your Phone Addiction:

This year, think about reducing your phone usage and/or phone addiction. Interact with those in front of you, find a hobby, learn a new skill, read more, etc. Disconnect from the matrix and explore the world around you without posting it to social media

Tips:

Get an alarm clock instead of using your phone

Turn off notifications

Put your phone away while eating, watching television, or anything else.  Be present.

Stop taking your phone in the bathroom with you. Opt for leaving a couple of magazines in there instead.

Check out these videos for more helpful tips:


References:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nomophobia
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/rewired-the-psychology-technology/201305/phantom-pocket-vibration-syndrome
http://anewdomain.net/smartphone-addiction-stats-new-survey-infographic/

Interesting Related Video(s)

Why You Should(or Shouldn’t) Stop Sleeping Near Your Cell Phone (The Dangers)

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I wanted to blog about this topic to determine once and for all if there are serious repercussions to sleeping with cell phones. Especially since i’m always finding myself reminding my teenage daughter and my friends to sleep far away from their mobile devices (or have it on airplane mode). I also frequently suggest placing your phone on speaker when on calls, instead of holding it up to your head.

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So let’s get straight into it.

The main reported reason why there are concerns is that

the radiofrequency radiation (radiowaves) emitted from the device may boosts the risk of brain cancer* and sperm quality issues


However, there a few researchers, as well as the CDC and other organizations that say otherwise. Check out the short video below opposing the belief of dangers:

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Although the CDC says its harmless, many organzinations, medical journals, and medical professionals say otherwise.

I recommend reading Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family, by Dr. Devra Davis.

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You can also check out:

Ann Louise Gittleman’s, Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution

and

Radiation Nation: Fallout of Modern Technology – Your Complete Guide to EMF Protection & Safety: The Proven Health Risks of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) & What to Do Protect Yourself & Family

All three are available in audio if you aren’t too fond of reading.

I have also mentioned this in one of my science-fiction stories as well



So what are your thoughts on the issue? Do you believe that there are possible risks to sleeping near your phone? Do you sleep near your phone? Do you believe that there may be reason for concern? Let me know in the comments below.


Sources:
* https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/cell-phones-cancer-8-dumb-ways-to-boost-possible-risk
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet
https://awakeandaware.ca/radiofrequency-rf-radiation-power-density-levels-for-smart-meters-various-biological-effects-and-exposure-guidelines/

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