New Society Publishers announce Japanese and Korean translations of The Joy of Missing Out, set on Asia's Smartphone Addiction Epidemic
"Nomophobia - or no mobile phone phobia - the onset of severe anxiety on losing access to your smartphone has been talked about for years. But in Asia, the birthplace of the selfie stick and the emoji, psychologists say smartphone addiction is fast on the rise and the addicts are getting younger," reports the BBC's Heather Chen from Singapore.
"A recent study surveyed almost 1,000 students in South Korea, where 72% of children own a smartphone by the age of 11 or 12 and spend on average 5.4 hours a day on them - as a result about 25% of children were considered addicted to smartphones. The study, to be published in 2016 found that stress was an important indicator of your likelihood to get addicted.
Smartphones are central to many societies but they have been integrated into Asian cultures in many ways: there is the obligatory "food porn" photograph at the beginning of any meal; in Japan it is an entire subculture with its own name - keitai culture."
Read the complete article, BBC: Asia's Smartphone Addiction (September 7, 2015.)
I write extensively about nomophobia in The Joy of Missing Out. The phenomenon has peaked in Asia where mobile uptake has long advanced ahead of European and North American markets.
Are you addicted to your smartphone? Experts say these are some early warning signs:
- Constantly checking your phone for no reason
- Feeling anxious or restless at the thought of being without your phone
- Avoiding social interaction in favour of spending time on your phone
- Waking up in the middle of the night to check your smartphone
- A decline in academic or work performance as a result of prolonged phone activity
- Easily distracted by emails or smart apps
I am thrilled to announce that my publishers, New Society, have completed negotiations on contracts to have The Joy of Missing Out translated into Japanese and Korean. It is my deepest hope that this message will help men, women, children and teens find life beyond the screen.
There is life beyond the silo. We can find it. There is more.