Understanding nomophobia and how to tackle it

Stolp, an innovative box that locks your smartphone, can help recreate authentic social connections and improve concentration both at home and at work

For those unfamiliar, nomophobia is the fear of being without a smartphone—a growing issue in a world where these devices dominate our daily interactions. A simple yet ingenious Belgian invention now aims to combat this fear and highlight the importance of real-life connections.

The overuse of smartphones: a form of addiction

Excessive smartphone use can be likened to addiction. It’s common to see people forget essential items like keys or wallets but never their phones, even during short breaks such as a bathroom visit. The risks of hyperconnectivity are real, especially for those who might start confusing reality with the virtual world they are immersed in. While social media offers opportunities for discovery and learning, it can also further isolate individuals, increasing feelings of loneliness. The Belgian inventor Julien Yee’s creation, called “Stolp”, might be the key to restoring the balance between technology and social life.

Stolp: a box to isolate your smartphone and recreate social bonds

Stolp aims to reduce smartphone use and promote the rebuilding of genuine social connections. It is a stylish box placed at the center of the room that blocks electromagnetic waves. For instance, during a reading break, phone notifications can be a constant source of distraction.

With Stolp, you can store your phone inside for a set period, making it inaccessible and thereby enhancing focus and socialization. Simply distancing or turning your phone over may not be sufficient if it remains within reach or visible. Stolp ensures an effective break from device use.

Stolp in the workplace

Yee’s invention also finds application in corporate settings. Stolp’s electromagnetic shield can be placed at the entrance of meeting rooms, allowing participants to deposit their smartphones at the start of meetings and retrieve them at the end. This ensures a focused, distraction-free work environment, improving the quality of interactions and discussions.

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