Great, We All Have Nomophobia Now, Thanks to Our Phones

Ever heard of nomophobia? Sounds pretty legit, right? Right. Well, what if I told you that it was short for "no-mobile-phone phobia," and it's the new official name for being addicted to your phone? Seriously. This is science, guys.


Nomophobia sounds extremely absurd when you think too much about it, but I think we can all agree it's a very legit thing. I mean, that panic you feel when you are manically slapping all of your pockets and rooting through the dumped-out contents of your purse looking for your phone? If an alien saw you in that moment they would think we all are idiots. Thanks for that.

But it's real. I felt it this morning, and you probably did too. Does that mean it's worth categorizing as a phobia, though? I mean, I have long been known to diagnose myself with arachnophobia every time I see a daddy longlegs on the porch, but, like, as a joke. Phobias are serious -- and I don't know if our checking Instagram too much really deserves that title.

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Well. In any case, researchers at Iowa State University released a survey about the feelings people had when they were separated from their phone, and they used that to diagnose 58 percent of men and 47 percent of women with the phobia. 

That seems like a lot until you look around you and see that every single person has their phone within arm's reach. Because we're humans with needs, and those needs include seeing a text as soon as it arrives, but probably waiting at least 10 minutes to answer it. We are adults, after all.


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