The term "nomophobia" describes phone addiction or cell phone dependency. The cell phone has now become the necessity of human beings like oxygen. People are seen with their androids on the dinner table, in the washrooms, even students in the schools too often. The androids have made human beings dependent. People especially below the age of 30 are more addicted to cell phones like heroin. Recent researches found people who are really heavy users are developing tolerance to the feeling they receive at the time of using android, so they need more and more exposure to get the same effect. Sounds like drug and alcohol usage right?
The term nomophobia portrays that too much use of social networking sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or games like candy crush, and too much in fashion (pubg) is not good for physical and mental health.
Using mobile changes our brain function as it is readily available, constant, and interruptive. There are also some social rules in which a person feels good to get Facebook "likes" or Instagram "heart". Another rule is fear of missing out (FOMO) in which people might feel "I am missing out on important updates".
The rule of ego says we live in a society of "ME" and obsession of "SELF" that drives us to updates and tags. People compare themselves to assess feelings, strengths, and weaknesses. Facebook profiles have become peoples' "virtual bedrooms".
Now, what exactly is social media addiction?
When using social media, the human brain releases a hormone known as dopamine which is rewarding to the brain, and as a result, people use more social media. The problem arises when addiction leads to mental illnesses like anxiety, loneliness, conflicts, depression, etc.
The use of social media becomes problematic when people use Android as an important coping mechanism to cope up with stress, loneliness, or depression and often leads to ignoring real-life interpersonal relationships, work, and school responsibilities. These feelings again result in more media usage.
"And the cycle continues".
How to prevent social media usage?
1. Read! Read! Read
The highly effective and best way is to avoid cellphone and grab a book from your shelf, find a peaceful place to sit and help yourself with a book that creates an environment to distract your attention from social media.
2. Stay away from FOMO
Internet and social media want you to think you are missing out on the latest trend, latest image filter, or latest fashion or news. Using snap chat and filter-filled apps leads people to believe that they want to click more photographs and post them to get likes and hearts on social media. The most famous apps for posting various videos and images are Instagram and Facebook. People want to stay connected to friends and family at any cost through media platforms and that leads to "FOMO".
3. Try and see less "Netflix" series
The most addictive nowadays are "OTT" platforms and their series based on anything you want or desire. People all over the globe stay up all night, miss important work or even food to finish the episode. The series creates fantasies, tragedies, or suspense-related scenes that people don't want to leave at any cost. Series creates more damage to the brain via cellphone screen and its rays.
4. Influence a bit less on "Instagram"
Teenagers and young adults nowadays are engaging more on social media to create themselves as an "Instagram influencer". Influencing or spreading awareness on some important issue is a different prospect, but clicking images and making a song, dance, or dialogue videos is not going to influence the audience.
5. Engage in an activity
Paint, dance, sing, shower, walk are the more precious activities that lead to happiness and health instead of using just media sitting on the bed. Keeping cellphone away would help in lots of relaxation to mind and body at least on weekends.
In these hard times of the pandemic, one may feel the loneliness and find it difficult to follow the steps above, but one should try and spend at least an hour or two to dedicate and improve on spending less time with your cellphones and more on other activities or human interaction.