Suffering from Smartphone Addiction? Try a NoPhone.

By John Lavitt 09/26/14

Makers of the noPhone ingeniously came up with a way to overcome nomophobia.

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The noPhone is a new non-device designed to address the rising anxiety and separation anxiety issues being caused by mobile device and smartphone addiction.

The faux smartphone is a low-tech way for smartphone addicts to deal with their nomophobia, the fear of being without their mobile devices. Although many people laugh at such a first-world problem, it is a real addiction on the rise. Thousands, even millions of smartphone users are unable to cope with any time away from their beloved mobile devices.

The joint product of a group of Dutch and American artists and inventors, the noPhone is designed to ease the sense of loss and separation anxiety when mobile devices are put away for a while. After all, the world is becoming fed-up with the everyday smart phone addicts who text and surf the Internet while having dinner or at the movies or even in religious services. According to recent studies reported on in Psychology Today, 40% of smartphone users sleep with their phone by their bedside.

The makers of the NoPhone definitely enjoy their tongue-in-cheek promotion efforts: "With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment. Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand."

Although the noPhone looks and feels like a smartphone, that's the point where the similarities stop. Like mobile methadone, the noPhone addresses the craving a smartphone addict has for the presence of a mobile device. The block of black plastic is battery free, shatterproof, waterproof, and never needs to be upgraded. To address another rising addiction, the NoPhone also has a selfie version with a mirror sticker attached to the front.

"What inspired us is the fact that a lot of people around us nowadays are focused on their mobile devices and not on the social environment anymore," said Ingmar Larsen, one of the designers on the project. "We wanted to make people aware of their addiction by creating a product that can be used for their addiction...It helps [people] to stay calm."

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.