TEXT-SHARING EVERY PROBLEM WITH FRIENDS COULD BE MAKING YOU MORE ANXIOUS
A TOUCH OF THE FOMOS?
The condition ‘intolerance of uncertainty’ or IU, according to the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, results from “negative beliefs about uncertainty and its implications” and may be partly responsible for many anxiety disorders and even depression. According to experts, uncertainty and learning how to deal with it properly is vital to our mental health. The rise of smartphones, however, has unintentionally had a negative impact on the ability of many to manage their FOMO (fear of missing out). Rather than allowing the brain to fully process the facts (and often rationalise-away any paranoid thoughts), phones constantly give us the opportunity to check whether someone has read our message or liked our post, or to instantly reply to something before we, perhaps, entirely understand what was said. This behaviour of repeatedly seeking reassurance via our phones, increases our overall anxiety levels over time, preventing us from relying on ourselves.