Break Your Mo­bile Ad­dic­tion

The sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety is real – re­search just proved it. We spoke to Dr Za­heer Hus­sain to find out how to de­tach with­out the side ef­fects

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Squat­ting on a dusty pave­ment, ri­fling through the con­tents of your hand­bag, ev­ery notepad fanned. Yes the worst has hap­pened: you can’t find your phone and you’re freak­ing out. But you’re not be­ing ridicu­lous.

Ac­cord­ing to a new study, los­ing your phone isn’t just men­tally stress­ful – it can ac­tu­ally make you ill, in­duc­ing phys­i­cal symp­toms. The new re­search re­veals that mil­len­ni­als like us who are sep­a­rated from our smart­phones for a pe­riod of time ex­hibit traits seen in suf­fer­ers of Post-trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der. When phones were taken from the 18-26-year-olds asked, they dis­played symp­toms such as fid­get­ing and scratch­ing and, much like head­ing to the fridge when hun­gry, 20 per cent were drawn to­wards the area where their phone was be­ing held.

So how have we reached the point where we can’t cope with­out our dig­i­tal BFF? It’s all down to ‘nomo­pho­bia’ says Dr Kevin Cur­ran, lec­turer in com­puter science at the univer­sity of Ul­ster. He re­veals. ‘Char­ac­ter­is­tics in­clude keep­ing the de­vice in reach when sleep­ing, never turn­ing it off and look­ing at the screen fre­quently.’

The study comes hot on the heels of re­search that says 39 per cent of us pre­fer our phones to mates and in­ter­act with it more than hu­mans. Ter­ri­fy­ing! With that in mind, we asked Dr Za­heer Hus­sain, lec­turer in psy­chol­ogy at the univer­sity of Derby, how we can curb our dig­i­tal de­pen­dence…

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