From tv to mobile phone. Once it was the television that, on during meals, distracted by conversation about the families day by its members.
Today is the mobile phone, by definition mobile mediums, capture our attention in every fragment of everyday life.
Mobile Phone. We can hardly separarcene, extract it frequently in search of the latest news or mechanically for simple habit.
In a way we are still not fully aware, the introduction of smartphones, with the convergence of multiple tasks within a single tool, has spawned a new type of addiction, falling between the so-called “new addictions”, the “new dependencies”, like shopping and gambling.
If you are among those who think that the phenomena of addiction are solely those caused by a natural or substance related to illicit activities in question, you begin to question that belief. And maybe even to question what on your personal use of this tool.
What attitudes can generate the possession of the phone and what functions it acquits to the individual? A series of studies, begun in previous years and continued up to the present day, have tried to answer these questions.
You have a habit of repeatedly checking the phone? You’re not the only ones. This kind of behavior has been called “checking” (“control”): is to unlock the keyboard to verify, within less than thirty seconds, if there are any updates about email, applications, or social networks.
Made in moments of boredom, betrays an obsessive “habit” (“checking habits”) that goes at the expense of relations with the people around you. A real “crack by phone”, which has been called “crackberry” by corruption of the name of the predecessor model.
If, on the other hand, continually check to have at hand the phone and anxious when you lose it, when you download the battery or when there is no network, you’re suffering from “nomophobia”, a term coined to describe the fear generated by the absence of telephone (not mobile phone phobia). Typical of those who bring the phone even in the bathroom with him. The feeling in this case is comparable to the “jitters” of the wedding day or to fifa for the dentist.
The rest is not surprising. Far from the days when it was considered primarily a business tool, the mobile phone has an affective Valence, concerning the individual and relational sphere.
The first and most immediate cellular function is to manage the remoteness, relieve the loneliness that comes from the absence of a loved one, denying the separation itself.
It is an attempt to reduce the uncertainty that stems from separation and in a sense makes us unable to cope and endure the distance. One wonders how our grandparents did, when he departed for the war and she was still at home waiting for his letters.
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