Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nomophobia

Nomophobia, per Wikipedia, is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

You guys. A horrible thing has happened.

I left my house at 5 AM yesterday, on my way to a business trip. I was all packed up, carrying my purse and backpack and rolling my suitcase along behind me. As I got on the train that would take me to Union Station, I realized something awful: I didn't have my phone.

That's right. I'm currently hundreds of miles from home, on a work trip, phone-less.

It is exactly as terrible as you would imagine.

I have never in my life realized just how reliant I am on mobile technology. The number of times that I went to grab my phone, purely out of habit, is startling. I actually thought at one point yesterday, "but how will I know what time it is?!" before realizing, umm.... clocks.

I am going on 24 hours without a mobile phone. Keep in mind that I have a laptop, a wireless hot spot device, and my nook, so I am completely connected to technology as much as I need to be... and yet I feel like I have lost a limb of some sort! It's absolutely ridiculous how much I feel affected by this. I'm a little embarrassed, in fact. I'm pretty sure this is a sign that I need to make a conscious effort to disconnect a bit more often. Yikes.

Can you imagine not having a cell phone for 48 hours? Has this ever happened to you? I still can't really believe that I managed to leave the house without my phone in my hand... wow.


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