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
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…