I tried to not look at my phone for six hours once. I turned it off. Put it in a different room. 'I don't need it, so I'm not going to check it', I thought. How hard could it be?
I had my laptop open, so realistically speaking, anything I needed to do, I could do on my computer.
It didn't work. I lasted 90 minutes. 90 Full minutes of anxiety. I'm addicted to my phone. And I'm not afraid to admit it anymore. I can't live without it.
I'm a Nomophobe. Yes, you read that right, a 'nomophobe'.
Nomophobia is a proposed name for the phobia (intense, irrational fear) of being out of mobile phone contact. [wikipedia]
Unsurprisingly, I'm not the only one who suffers from this phobia. Did you know that 20% of millennials feel the need to check their phones during sex?
So, our team at YML decided to take this one step further. We interviewed people on the streets of Chicago about their own habit, and we found some pretty interesting facts about smart phone addiction.
So what did you think?
How often did you nod in approval? How often did you say to yourself, "Oh yeah... I do that all the time"?
We bet you were doing that a lot.
Don't worry about it.
We’re all in the same boat. But thankfully we don't all have to share the same phone.
If you're still not convinced that you're a nomophobe, then boy do I have the app for you.
It's an app that tells you how many times you check your phone in a day. It's called Checky and is available for iOS and Android.
If your score is over 100, then I'm pretty sure you're a nomophobe. My guess is that the average is around 60-70, which sounds like a lot, but many of us need to check our phones throughout the day for work and to stay in touch with our families.
I hope you enjoyed this article, feel free to share it with your friends and let them know they may have a small "addiction" problem!