NOMO FOMO: How to have a healthy relationship with your phone
By MAS Team | 28 April 2021
DING. The notification rings in your ears. Your screen glows and your eyes go wide. What could it be? A comment on your Insta post? An email from your tutor? An unmissable sale on The Iconic? Whatever it is, you can't wait to find out. So naturally, you look. It's only human.
But, as handy as phones can be - they can also be terrible for our mental health. From group chats that distract you, to influencers triggering insecurities - there's a gateway to hell in your pocket and you may not even realise it.
Nomophobia (No-Mobile-Phobia) is the anxious feeling that arises when someone is without their mobile phone or is unable to use it. Sounds petty, but it's a real thing and psychologists warn it's becoming increasingly common these days.
In an Australian survey of over 2,800 smartphone users, 99% showed signs of nomophobia to some degree. And wherever you sit on the nomophobia scale, we can all benefit from reeling in our phone usage. Or at least mitigate its effect on our mental health. So here's how to break free, and establish a healthy relationship with your phone.
Easier said than done, we know. But psychologists say distraction from sleep is one of the main reasons phones can be bad for your mental health. So put your phone on airplane mode half-an-hour before bed and get some uninterrupted shuteye.
The glaringly bright blue light isn't so great for your eyes. It can also make it harder to shut off for the night, keeping your brain awake and alert. Most phones have settings to help reduce the effect. So switch to a warm display and use dark mode at night.
As demanding as they are, we all know smartphones can improve our daily lives. So why not try to have a healthier relationship with yours? It's all about being mindful of your usage. As long as you're making it work for you, rather than the other way around - you are free.
If you love your phone as much as the rest of us, it's a good idea to get contents insurance. That way, if it gets damaged, you won't be put out for too long. Check out MAS Contents Insurance for more information.
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