Wellfie Wednesday: Guess What Nomophobia Is

Wellfie Wednesday: Guess What Nomophobia Is

Today’s Wellfie Wednesday brings up a a very relevant issued. Especially upon the eve of the announcement of Apple’s newest iPhone(s) X and 8. I will not keep you in suspense no mo (see what I did there?) Nomophobia…is the fear of having NoMo (no mobile). At first glimpse it is a bit ridiculous, but if you look at the stats you can see how it can happen.

Did you know that…

  • The average person checks their phone 200 times a day, that’s once every 6.5 minutes
  • One in four people spend more time online than they do asleep
  • 70% of 16-24-year-olds say they prefer texting to talking
  • The average teenager sends 3,400 electronic messages a month from their bed
Digital Detox
Digital Detox

How You Can Detox Digitally

Personally, I know I have an issue with constantly checking my phone due to my online business. Also, many of my friends and connections I have made over the last few years are spread out all over the country. The internet and smartphones have made the world a very small place, and made it very easy to stay in touch with friends and family no matter where they are located. But at what cost? I know my wife and I personally do not allow phones at the dinner table. That time is specifically for sitting and enjoying a meal together and discussing our days. I would like to be better about not using them more especially in front of the kids, and definitely in the bedroom later at night as I know it is affecting my sleep patterns. Some more tips for digitally detoxing:

  • be realistic while setting restrictions to create habits
  • make small changes to your technology/social media usage
  • try to take a day off, if possible
  • no tech near the bed
  • talk to others
  • find someone to detox with you
  • just leave your tech at home

ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:

Your phone doesn’t define you! Social media is not real life. Try not to check your phone 200 times a day.  Good advice when trying to get healthier. Much like TV in recent years that was thought to be rotting our brains, there are already studies showing this generation of kids are losing out on non-verbal emotional cues. So get out there in nature, unplug, and get away from the screen when you can.

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