If only in the next few minutes we started to detach ourselves from the screen of the mobile phone and look into our eyes, after all we would already be one step closer from freedom.
Nomophobia, or rather we are prisoners of our devices
- smartphones have now become extensions of our upper limbs, palliative for all states of anxiety, boredom, waiting and embarrassment during which it is easier to slip with the look on the screen rather than face our own emotions;
- cameras are the mirror in which we reflect what we want to see of ourselves and we need them to investigate, browse and compare our lives to those of others;
- the constant connection has broken down the boundaries between countries and time zones, but it has also abolished the alternation of day and night and between the time dedicated to work and our private life, making us live in a dimension of permanent alert, in a need to be and feel always present.
The effects of this pervasive relationship with smartphones and tablets are also felt on the physical plane: there are more and more cases of "text neck" with which especially women and young people are having to deal, so much so that we could talk about the epidemic.
The symptoms of a real disease
From fear to addiction: the first clinic to detoxify from smartphones
57% of people check their phones when they wake up and as many as 83% are distracted by work emails even during the night. We check the screen at least 200 times a day.
Statistics on the daily use of mobile phones
Whether the phone really rings or it's just our perception (it's called ringxiety, or phantom ring syndrome), we check the screen at least 200 times a day and, if we don't seem to have enough time for all our commitments, it's probably because, to make up for the time lost in consulting notifications, messages, emails and various apps we need two more hours of work.
Dealing with nomophobia as an addiction
4 Apps and 5 rules to detoxify from smartphones
- Siempo, one of the most used, allows you to silence some apps for a set time and show the missing notifications only at the end of the quarantine period;
- QualityTime allows us to check our (bad) habits and activities on our smartphone, giving us the opportunity to set limits of use on some apps and advising us to take a break whenever it detects abuse;
- Forest is an application that compares our attention to a tree that grows: every time we light it, deciding to dedicate some time offline, we can plant a seed, see it sprout and thus go to cultivate - literally - our concentration, but at the same time we can contribute to the good of the planet, through a real project of reforestation.
- BlackOut, more essential, makes us decide the start and end time of the digital block, leaving it to us to manage what to do with "our" time.
- Slow down, to learn to live in the present moment and not in past stories or future projections;
- Reduce the waste of time, energy and attention caused by the massive use of devices;
- Redraw the environments in which we usually live by repeating the wrong behaviors;
- Reprogram our habits in a healthy way;
- Recharging through hobbies, passions, interests, holidays or, simply, taking care of ourselves.
It is said that it takes 21 days to unhinge a habit: if only in the next few minutes we start to detach ourselves from the screen of the mobile phone and look into our eyes, we would already be one-step closer towards freedom.