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Do You Have Nomophobia?

My smart phone was starting to run my life, so a few months ago I adjusted the settings so that my emails aren’t automatically sent to my phone. This way, I can retrieve them if and when I choose. I’ve never put social media apps on my phone because I knew that would be a continual interruption. Even with those adjustments, my phone is almost an appendage.

Smart phones are a helpful tool, but they have the potential to become your dictator. 

Recently a new word entered our culture because of the dominant force our smart phones have taken in our lives.

Do you have “Nomophobia?”

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Some have referred to it as “Smartphone Separation Anxiety.” Let’s take a little test to see if you might be infected with this new disorder.

Do you keep your mobile phone in your hand (or within your reach) during 90% of your day?

Do you become anxious if your battery is running low and you have no outlet for charging it? 

Are you frustrated when your Wi-Fi signal is lost or interrupted?

Do you check your social media accounts throughout the day?

Do you sleep with your phone?

Do you use your phone to check email or social media during meals with others?

Do you wake up during the night to check your phone for social media updates?

Do you panic if you accidentally leave home without your phone? 

Do you check your phone with greater frequency than once an hour?

Would you get nervous if asked to leave your phone in “airplane mode” while at work?

Would reducing your non-work-related mobile phone activity to two hours per day cause you anxiety? 

Don’t worry, my little test isn’t scientific and doesn’t prove anything. I really just threw out some questions to challenge us to consider what level of importance we place on staying connected. Unlike former generations who had lengthy breaks from phone use because it was plugged into their wall (and it certainly couldn’t tackle a google search), today phone use seems to be an addiction. People sleep with their phone, eat while holding their phone, and even talk on it while going to the bathroom!

All this talk about nomophobia got me to thinking . . .

What if we intentionally developed “Nobibliaphobia,” the fear of losing contact with the Word?

What if we were as intentional about getting connected with God through spending time in His Word, meditating on His Word, checking out His Word through the day (and night), and spending much of our waking hours reflecting on what we’re learning about Him through the Word?

[box]I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. (Psalm 119:15–16; 18)[/box]

Are there some ways you can intentionally disconnect from your smart phone to connect more frequently with your Savior through spending that time in His Word?

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4 Comments

  • Becky Arnold

    Such a timely post! This is a constant battle for me and everyone I know. Personally, I’ve taken steps to help me be LESS on my phone and try to engage with everyone around me, especially my Lord. I am more productive. My relationships are healthier. My heart is less distracted. Thank you again for the challenge and encouragement to persevere in living differently because we are not of the world. This is one way to love people well!

  • Julie Musil

    I can relate to about half of those items on your list. I definitely don’t sleep with my phone! And the family sets phones aside at mealtime. But yes, I have it close by throughout the day. I loved Joyce Meyer’s statement about cell phones, “When did we all become so important?”

    There are cool apps for phones as well, so the phones can have a positive side. There’s a fun Bible app for easy reading. Plus, I like to look up the daily devotionals on Joel Osteen’s and Joyce Meyer’s apps. Oh, and Revive Our Hearts 🙂

    But yes, they can suck up too much time and energy if we aren’t careful.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thanks for the encouraging comment, Becky. I think this will be a constant challenge for all of us now that we’ve moved into the instant data age! You are right, it takes intentional choices.

    Thankful you are making those 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    I agree, Julie, there are a lot of good benefits that come from using smart phones, and using the Revive Our Hearts app would be at the top of the list. You will get solid teaching there, so I hope you stay plugged in to that ministry 🙂