Saturday, 14 January 2012

Separation Anxiety....from our phones!

I enjoy reading the London Evening Standard newspaper, which can be grabbed for free from any of the people giving them out all over the city. This article caught my eye in yesterday's "freeeee staaandard"...

"The sheer stress of separation from my iPhone" - I've noticed we are all becoming more and more stressed without our phones near by or without signal to send and receive messages/email/tweets etc. Apparently "More than a third of adults admitted to feeling stressed and unhappy when their phones were inactive..." I have to confess - I hate it when my phone is unusable but I certainly have not heard "phantom vibrations" or had genuine separation anxiety like those whom Lucy Tobin writes about in this article. Nor is my phone in my pocket or in my hand from the moment I get up in the morning to last thing at night. I can walk down to breakfast and leave it upstairs. Many of my friends simply can't do that. I used to spend train journey's with my iPod in one hand and a magazine in the other. But now, I am glued to my phone - tweeting, texting, emailing, facebook-ing and now BLOGGING!!

The older generations just didn't have the technology to do all these things. In years to come, my 6 year old sister won't have heard of a phone that isn't "smart" and letters and faxes are already a thing of the past. It won't be long before people will be admitted to The Priory Hospital, Life Works and other treatment centres, suffering from "internet addiction disorder". Lucy writes that we all show signs and symptoms of this "disorder". We can't go out for dinner with friends, go to the theatre or cinema or in some cases, have family dinners at home without the faint sound of vibrations of a phone in someone's pocket, which is followed by everyone quickly checking to see if it was theirs.

The sad truth is that its a problem that is not going to get any easier.

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