Don’t Call Us? Modern Smartphone Addiction
With news appearing in November 2014 that e-cigarettes and vaporisers can help people with a serious nicotine addiction, is there a similar solution on the cards for addicts of today’s high powered smartphones?
A company called No Phone have put together a clever product that gives people the illusion of having a phone on their person whilst offering none of the functionality of a real smartphone, as detailed on Wired, the popular tech news site.
You know that way that you brush your hand over your pocket or dip your fingers into your bag to check you have not lost or misplaced your mobile? Well this device, which is little more than a large plastic slab that has been designed to feel and weigh the same as your mobile phone, giving you that reassuring feeling that you’re connected to the virtual world whilst providing the freedom to navigate and explore the real world without being tied down to constant Facebook and Twitter updates.
There is a darker side to phone use. Many people find it difficult to put down their mobile phones even when they are driving behind the wheel. Phone use whilst in charge of a vehicle is more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is due to the reality tunnel that smartphones create where the user can actually subconsciously dull down their other senses to focus entirely on the contents of the small screen.
One of the most interesting side effects of society’s current obsession with mobile phones in the arrival of the smartphone yawn. Whilst yawning and stretching has been known for a long time to create mirroring behaviour in those around you, now a similar phenomenon has been observed when you glance at your smartphone. Apparently now when one person pulls their mobile out of their pocket to check their social media, it can create a wave of similar reflex actions in the immediate social group. It goes to show how these small devices have made such a big effect on our lives.
If you are suffering from any kind of addiction or obsessive behaviour that is having a negative impact on your life, then there is a very good chance that CBT can help you develop the necessary strategies and techniques to lead a normal life and break free from the chains of habit. For more information, please call on the listed number on this site and we can set up a free meeting to discuss the best course of action.