Nomophobia in Africa

September 14, 2012

Just like billions of people worldwide, I fear of being phone less. In fact, this week saw someone ask me if I’d panic were I to be without one of my smart phones. In an African survey released this past week, more than two thirds of 3,000 people polled said they feared being phoneless.In the poll,those aged 20-26 suffered the most 92 followed by my age mates 26-35 at 80%. African women were 10% more likely to be nomophobic than men according to statistics in my possession. In my own assessment, I guess that this may be due to the fact men often carry a second cellphone like has been my case where even owning over five different smart phones has become a norm. The research shows that signs of nomophobia are broad and very surprising like nausea, sweating profusely and even trembling especially when the mobile phone is out of reach.Has this happened to you or someone close to you?

Another interesting observation from the African study is that if you obsessively check the phone and worry about whether it is in a safe place, you may also have a problem which is common among many phones users globally. Recently, chiropractors claimed too much time spent bent over mobile devices does cause a rise in a range of symptoms such as neck strain and headaches. The pain in the shoulders, arms and hands are a syndrome well coined technologically as “text neck.”This means if you’re a dedicated texter, you should be sure to take frequent breaks and stretch your head, neck, and back. The study suggests that users who suffer from nomophobia should seek phobia treatments like trying to go without their mobile for a time, avoiding negative thoughts, and trying breathing techniques or the popular yoga. In my case,I fear a sense of disconnection more than anything when not having any of  my smartphones and tablets. I think it may be time to seek professional advise.

Contador Harrison