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Sunday, April 15, 2012

JUNE WEDDINGS BRING NON-STOP LOVE DOUBTS

Longing hearts everywhere await June weddings. For millions, however, the "blessed day" is their worst fear, despite good relationships, leaving them confused and conflicted, guilty or mistrustful, due to "Relationship OCD" or "ROCD."

ROCD is a form of OCD in which the sufferer has irrational doubts of their partner's love, and goes to extreme lengths to compulsively check up on them. They constantly call them, or inspect their call or email history. Participation in wedding plans are one of many tests of their partner's love. They analyze their words, tone of voice, and facial expressions. Eventually they cause their relationship to dissolve, perhaps, even at the altar.

Look at this blog later for the rest of the story.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

NOMOPHOBIA MISNOMER: DISGUISES 3 ILLNESSES, not a joke

Despite tongue-in-cheek media coverage, nomophobia, fear of having no mobile phone service, actually is a disguised form of three disabling psychiatric diagnoses.

One is agoraphobia. People fear something bad will happen at any moment (heart attack, panic, etc.), so they avoid or panic in situations when they worry there will be no help or escape. Those who panic or avoid traveling alone to new or faraway places, or are claustrphobic, usually take a "safe person," in this case a cell phone.

The second is addiction. Workaholics constantly check and answer all emails and texts, which only makes more people call them, increasing their work. Conversely, teens who measure self esteem by calls and texts received, rather than face to face interactions, require increasing frequency of calls to attain the same "fix." Moreover, smart phones now guide and entertain us in a myriad of ways, make people dependent on a gadget rather than learning independent skills.

The third is OCD. Millions of OCD sufferers rely on cell phones to excessively check the safety of loved ones, or to compulsively seek reassurance of their fears. The cell has now removed all restraint on compulsions.

Ironically, constant call access also causes a new disconnection and interpersonal tension. People are always doing something else when you call so you never have their full attention or memory of the conversation. You're also always interrupting them, resulting in a rude reply. It's like interrupting someone who's always watching the superbowl.  Ultimately, people just stop checking messages and voicemails altogether, defeating the benefits of mobile phone use.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Nomophobia is the new Agoraphobia
"Nomophobia," (short for "No Mobile Service Phobia") has entered our language.  It's coinage reflects the state of todays communication technology.  People with Nomophobia become very uncomfortable and anxious when they travel outside of a mobile phone service area.  It's very limiting upon the person's travel, expecially outside of the country or in remote location away from a major cosmopolitan center, or any place that doesn't offer service for their mobile plan.  In New Jersey, for instance, you simply cannot get reception without Sprint mobile service, (and even then, maybe only if you're standing away from the referigerator with your head out the window).
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