The contemporary moral panics of mobile phone addiction have taken into the human daily living planetary to the whole new level. Do you often face the scenario of panicking of an anxiety finding high and low for your mobile phone while actually it is in your hand literally all the time? Do you ever feel unusual or nervous for not sophisticatedly checking on your phone for the past half an hour? Do you ever false alarm anxiety to yourself when you heard somebody else’s phone ringing thinking that it is your own phone? And concurrently wired your mobile to you to anywhere you go even to the bathroom, having yourself sacrificing a hand to hold on your both cutleries at a time instead having to hold your phone or first thing to do when as soon as you wake up in the morning is to check on your phone? No doubt, I practice all of the above whereby sometimes I have uncertainties for myself to plunge myself our from this anxiety and worse to let into the discourse that I am actually suffer from a phobia called ‘Nomophobia’. Nomophobia actually a definite means according to Ledder (2012), nomophobia is the fear of being without your cell phone.
Hereby, Atchley and Warden (2012) propose the use of standard addiction definitions in the case of mobile phone use:
● tolerance (the need to use more in order to get the same effect);
● withdrawal (symptoms associated with lack of access to the subject of addiction);
● increased usage;
● inability to reduce usage;
● maintaining the behavior in spite of the risks and negative consequences.
In this mean time, people now simply starts conversation in anyways either in public or private spaces habitually for instance, Facebook comments have been contemplated as a chat box or even Twitter replies can similarly become a type of openly conversation to the public. In this case, Whatsapp is a platform for mobile instant message application where it innovatively developed a ‘Voice Note’ service for conveniences competence. Discerning that this ‘Voice Note’ is precisely useful but it somehow ambiguously concern for using it privately or publicly, it is thoughtful that Voice Note will actually projects sounds in loud automatically after pressing the ‘Play’ button. I personally avoid to prefer to the use of Voice Note in public spaces whereby it will actually projects my intended message out loud to be overhear openly by the public, I choose to take the message personally than openly.
While, Wi-Fi services were provided in everywhere and anywhere in public spaces, people are used to practice to this technological convenience. Sharing the same Wi-Fi in a public space meaning you literally consider doing your own personal things in a public space without realizing. Take an example, when I use my phone, I am certainly a complete ignorance to the surrounding, I live in my own world, I shut myself from the world by living in the unconsciousness of I am actually in a public space.
However, mobile phone was essentially created for the use of technological convenience but it somehow created a negative impact to a lot of people and Nomophobians especially. Walsh, White, Cox & Young (2011) describes that many of the users define it as being part of themselves, meaning that they always keep it close by, they willingly disturb their activities in order to answer the phone, they feel uneasy when they don’t have the phone close by and cannot reduce the usage. In this discussion context, being so addicted to mobile phone will actually affect large impact on students especially where concentration from class have loss due to mobile phone addiction indeed to the adults too where it can be interrupting, for instance using your phone unnecessarily in the midst of meeting and the worse case scenario is that adults are too used to use mobile phone while driving.
In my own opinion, I think we human ourselves should practice sense of ability to distinguish the importance of mobile phone in terms of time and space. Mobile phone was created to cater us but somehow we have been overly misusing the use of it without having a distinctive of our own morality. After all, I am trying to anticipate the withdrawal of addiction to mobile phone and quitting to be a Nomophobia.
Atchley, P., & Warden, A. C. (2012). The need of young adults to text now: Using delay discounting to assess informational choice. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1 (4), 229-234.
Ledder. 2012. A melting pot information on a multitude of topics. [ONLINE] Available at: http://lederr.wordpress.com. [Accessed 31 October 13].
Walsh, S. P., White, K. M., Cox, S., & Ross, McD. Y. (2011).Keeping in constant touch: The predictors of young Australians’ mobile phone involvement. Computers in Human Behavior, 27 (1), 333-342.