Woke up and learned something new today. Thanks to an old ex-colleague/friend. Mr Vincent Ong who shared it on his profile.
Apparently there is a condition called Nomophobia, which apparently is a fear of being out of mobile phone contact. I had absolutely no, ZERO, zilch idea that such conditions exist prior today (13th January 2016).
I do acknowledge that I am not an expert nor do I posses sufficient knowledge to comment on phobias and/or the psychology of phobia (psychology period), though I do think phobia is probably a misuse of the word. I am also not convinced that this condition is so significant or serious enough to be classified at a clinical level (or that we have simply overfed/give in to spoilt behaviour).
Now at first glace at the video (and honestly second, third and until now), I am not 100% convinced that it is Nomophobia (again I must lay stress that I am NOT an expert). At first, I suspected that she must have been doing something important/significant/impactful on the phone and that it died on her at that crucial time. For example, here boyfriend just broke up with her, or she found out that her loved one just passed away etc. and just as she was about to find out more, the phone died causing here to react the way she did.
I just find it hard to believe that a grown women would react the way she did simply because her phone died. The behavior is exactly like a small child that is spoiled and needs to be taught a lesson.
Now her reaction is clearly inappropriate (the exact level of inappropriateness is subjective and dependent on situation and culture etc), however I believe it could be understandable especially if she just had received some bad news etc. And we as humans need to be understanding and show some compassion. We all react to bad news, some react better, some react not so good (such as in the case of the women in the video). So I refuse to judge her outright.
So my stand/view point/hypothesis:
1) First View/Choice/Hypothesis: Woman has just received bad news and phone died at the crucial moment as she was about to find out more/communicate etc. In this case, my condolences to the women. At the same time, perhaps she can learn some coping mechanisms.
2) Alternative Hypothesis: It is really a reaction caused by here Nomophobia, as mentioned above, in my opinion the behavior is like of a small spoiled child and needs to be discipline accordingly.
I find it hard to believe that Nomophobia is a valid condition and that it is a valid psychological addiction (I do not dispute the validity of psychological addiction – just whether Nomophobia is a valid additiction) and I know that my view may not political or psychologically correct. But I am of the viewpoint that it is simply bad behavior and shows a HUGE lack of discipline.
Yes, Lack of discipline (it used to be a good word/attribute to have in the past, but somehow modern society now shuns this attribute and instead ethical hedonism is celebrated instead – this is thought for another day).
What do you think?
Yours in the pursuit of Discipline (development of self-discipline)