Bonnie Tubbs in a detailed and funny post explaining about Smartphone Addiction:
Hi, my name is Bonnie and I am a cellphone addict. It has been about two minutes since I last checked my phone.
I personally don’t feel my irrepressible compulsion to check my phone every couple of minutes has affected my work or relationships. I have no doubt my editor would back me up on that, once he has forgiven me for overshooting deadline again. And if I had any real-life friends, I am sure they would attest to it too.
Great read, enjoy.
A survey done by Cisco in Australia, shows that nine out of every ten people, under the age of 30, admit to suffering from NoMoPhobia.
“It’s happening subconsciously, and one out of five people are texting while they’re driving,” Cisco chief technology officer Kevin Bloch said yesterday. “It just speaks to these addictive, compulsive, behaviours that we’re seeing…For many under-30s, the smartphone has become an extension of themselves, from the moment they wake up until the second they fall asleep,” said Bloch.”This love affair with the smartphone is both enabling and crippling at the same time,” Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, official adviser to the Queensland Government on computer safety, was quoted by the daily as saying.
These people check their smartphones at least once every 10 minutes. So is it an addiction or what?
Sometimes I get the most embarrassing kind of NoMoPhobia… My Android is in my hand, but I think I lost it, shouting: “WHERE’S MY CELL?!”
Karin Lee Even Haim, Jaffa, Israel
Man, I hit rock bottom few days ago. I was travelling in Crete, and went to a Gyros place just because they had a free WiFi and the owners agreed to charge my dead iPhone under the bar. And I really don’t like Gyros you see…
Moran Kadussi, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Two weeks ago I wrote about the fear of being without your phone, AKA “NoMoPhobia”.
Now, I always thought that I’m the only crazy person in the room, when I used to hear my phone ringing, vibrate or the sounds of various notifications – but it wasn’t! I’m hearing the familiar noise, pick up my phone, and nothing. It was all in my imagination.
Did my smart-shoe just ring?!
I just found out I’m not the only crazy around. This sensation and false belief that the phone rang while in fact it isn’t doing so, is called “Phantom Ringing Syndrome”. It usually happens when you are concentrated on something, like watching TV, taking a shower or using a noisy device.
I took my NoMoPhobia to the extreme… One of my friends nicknamed my smartphone “The Hook”. He even made a special sticker with this name for it…
They say the dog is the man’s best friend. For me, it’s the Smartphone (even though I do have a dog…)
Dana Zilberman, Tel-Aviv, Israel
frrr…. frrr… frrrr…
My alarm clock is running. It must be 8AM already. I grab my phone with two fingers, using a third one to turn it off with an elegant swipe gesture. My left eye is closed, my right is half open. My mind starts figuring out what appears on the screen. Notifications.
Right on, let’s start the work. What should we check first – the whatsapp messages? there are eight from The Friends group, they probably went for a drink whilst i fell asleep. Three more msgs from the girl I’m dating, well that could wait a bit. Facebook messages? could be from someone from the office, or from some old friend. Four new likes in Instagram for a picture I uploaded last night? Well that’s REALLY not important, but my ego wants it checked. And two more emails – wait a sec, it could be an urgent matter from the office, but oh, maybe it’s just spam… Next to all those icons, I see my To Do List icon, reminding me of today’s tasks.
NoMoPhobia = No Mobile Phone phobia
is the fear of being without one’s mobile phone. Smartphone addiction is a real problem amongst this generation and is affecting peoples’ social lives and education is a negative way.
This documentary was created as a project at Bahrain Polytechnic, by Razan Salman