- Clinical psychologist Richthofen De Jesus warned against the effects of ‘nomophobia’
- While nomophobia is not recognized as an official disorder, it causes negative effects such as feelings of frustration, anxiety, and even depression
- De Jesus warned that while use of phones is part of our lives, it is still important to use it only when necessary
An expert revealed that Filipinos are more likely to experience nomophobia as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Nomophobia (no mobile phone phobia) is the fear of being without your phone. While not recognized as an official disorder, it is a growing concern among individuals as it fosters dependency towards technology.
In the Philippines, nomophobia is also very evident among Pinoys. While checking in on our social media accounts or watching anything online may seem an answer to boredom, nomophobia actually results in feelings of frustration, anxiety, and even depression.
“‘Pag kunyaring hindi mo siya hawak o hindi mo siya nagagamit, pakiramdam mo ay nagiging disconnected to the point na hindi kumpleto ang buhay mo at ‘yun ang nakaka-devastate sa tao,” Clinical psychologist Richthofen De Jesus explained.
This should come as no surprise as a US firm “We Are Social” previously reported that over 70 million Filipinos have Facebook accounts, with 97.8 percent of the figure access the app on their phones.
With quarantine restrictions still in place, De Jesus warned that Pinoys will more likely have heightened nomophobi
“Medyo marami tayong available na risk factors kasi sa buhay ng Pilipino ngayon, nagiging napakaimportanteng bagay na o parte ng buhay na ang cellphone, lalo na ngayong pandemic, hindi tayo lumalabas ng ating tahanan, so lalo siyang mas naging vital,” he said.
De Jesus, however, clarified that not everyone using a phone regularly can be considered having nomophobia. He admitted that phones are a part of our life but we should learn to regulate its use.
“You only use it if there is a certain need that arises from it,” he said.