What is nomophobia? The official definition is: an abnormal, irrational fear of being without ones mobile device, or of being unable to communicate using ones mobile device.
I can hear you say: ‘I don’t have that problem’. Let’s see:
- What do you do when your battery of your smartphone is almost empty at the start of the day and you forgot your charger?
- What do you do if you are on the way and you find out you have forgotten your mobile phone?
- What do you do in a spare minute and you have your phone nearby (and not a computer or tablet with internet)?
- What is your reaction when your smartphone says ‘ping’ or something equivalent?
- What is the first thing you pick up in the morning and the last thing you put down at night?
- How does it feel if you know you can’t be reached?
Changes are big that you suffer from nomophobia, or: you are addicted to your smartphone. This can be quite severe. Research shows that 1 in 5 young people use their smartphone during sex, 1 in 3 people use it behind the wheel.
Even you are not at that level yet, changes are big that you are:
- wasting your time
- becoming more anxious
- don’t sleep very well
I have 5 tips for you to help you overcome nomophobia.
- Turn off your smartphone at least an hour before bed
- Use an alarm clock to wake you up instead of your smartphone
- Check your phone at fixed times
- Install phone free zones and/or times
- Go for real contact instead of giving a ‘like’ to someone’s status
Nomophobia can have a big influence on the progress of your PhD. Just imagine you are using all the time you spent on your smartphone on your research, what difference would that make?
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