Are you a nomophobic? Read more to find out.
When I first was asked to preview the NET television show, “Dstrctd Drvng,” I cringed. Although I do not text while driving, except occasionally at stop lights, I definitely do talk on my cell. After all, I have justified, when else can a busy homeschooling mom of four find a moment where no one is interrupting? But I am pretty certain that I have been denying the truth. That talking while driving is distracting to me.
In fact, being on my cell did contribute to a minor accident I was involved. I was on the phone at the time. While I maybe could not have avoided rear ending the woman (after all, she did basically come to stop in the highway merging lane), my chances would have been better. I was five months pregnant at the time with my other three precious kids in the back. The other car held a mom with her kids. The results could have been catastrophic if any more speed would have been involved. You would think that would have been a wake-up call for me. But it wasn’t.
Watching the television documentary definitely caused me to open my eyes. Not even just about driving, but to the fact that when I try to multi-task, I am crowding my brain and causing difficulties in processing. I may think I am getting more done, but I am simply dividing my productivity. This will be a hard lesson. Learning how to focus and be all there will be a challenge.
Basically , I need to work on a negative condition I have developed. According to ask.com, nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. My smart phone can lure me in – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – all at my finger tips. Something to do to keep busy. This device stops me from the two most important tasks:learning to be still and to enjoy those that are with me! The ones that I can touch and converse with and not just from a screen.
Dstrctd Drvng gives evidence that shows that driving while distracted is similar to driving drunk. Although as my husband pointed out, if you decided to drive after having a few drinks, you are aware that you might need to concentrate more. Those who are using cell phones really have no idea just how distracted that they are. I know because I have been one of them who can suddenly not remember all the roads that led me to home because I was talking and not really paying attention.
Just the title of the show had convicted me enough to change part of my habits this week. I made a point of not being on the cell with my kids in the car. After all, they are often distracting enough. But after watching the show, I am convinced that my phone belongs safely in my purse when I am in the car. Close enough to reach in case of an emergency, yet far enough away to not be a temptation. So, that is my new goal. And I am going to try hard to be patient and let others call me back when they are not driving as well. This habit might take me awhile to break, but I think the results with be worth it. As was stated in the show, “the person sitting next to you is worth far more than a text.”
If you did not watch the show “Dstrctd Drvng” on Nebraska Public Television last night, you still have several more chances.
Dstrctd Drvng broadcast schedule
NET1 Friday Feb. 21, 7 p.m. CT
NET1 Sunday, Feb. 23, 10 p.m. CT
NET2 World Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m. CT
NET2 World Sunday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m. CT
NET2 World Tuesday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. CT
You can also watch the show online: Dstrctd Drvng I know that I will be encouraging my family and friends to make watching this a priority. This show helped me to face the reality that I need to change a bad habit before tragedy results!