Get Panicky Without Your Phone? You May Have a 'Disorder'


Cell phoneThere are a lot of things I'm afraid of. You know, normal things. I'm slightly afraid of heights, of being far away from family when something bad happens, of winding up alone (eeek) ... that sort of stuff. But what if I told you there's a whole class of people who are AFRAID of being separated from their cellphones? AFRAID! And get this, there's a NAME for the disorder: Nomophobia.

But just you wait, there's more. In a recent 1,000-person study done in the UK, 66 percent of people reported being afraid of being separated from their phone. SIXTY-SIX PERCENT. More. Than. Half.

... that's it. I need to buy a book, a pen, and paper, STAT.

It's scary to hear stats like that, isn't it? Whatever happened to the average day without technology? You know, a typical weekend. Remember what Sundays used to be like? You'd wake up, ideally someone would be making pancakes, and you'd sit around the kitchen table reading the paper without a care in the world. You weren't concerned about checking your Twitter page, seeing who just friended you on Facebook, or what your friends are posting on Instagram. You were concerned about being present, in the moment, with your family.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a techy lady. I love my iPad and my iPhone just as much as I like breathing. However, studies like this remind me how important it is to just sit back, take a load off, and put the cellphone down. The last thing I want is to enter a rehab program. Don't worry, I'm sure those will exist soon, too.

Would you consider yourself addicted to your cellphone?


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dirti... dirtiekittie

addicted? hardly. i use it, and i enjoy having it around. if i were to be 'separated' from my phone... well i would only panic if it meant there were no other way for someone to reach me if my kids were away from me (school or the sitter's or something).

everyone should try to have some 'tech-free' time. i just hope studies like this help people see that, but somehow i think it'll just be tweeted and posted to FB with a random status: "like omg! this is so me! lulz!"

nonmember avatar Emme

I'm not addicted to my phone, but I do get panicky if I'm out by myself and realize I've left my phone at home. I always worry that that's the day there's going to be an emergency and I'll need it.

Gilmo... GilmoreGirl29

I wouldn't say I'm addicted. If I forget it at home I'm fine without it. If it's around, then yes I enjoy texting and checking Facebook. I do know people who have turned around and gone home to get their phone - and I'm talking about turning around 15 minutes from home - and that's just ridiculous to me.

MsRkg MsRkg

I do get panicky and anxious without my phone because it literally contains my whole life.Between business information and family information, if I don't have it (i.e. left it at home) I usually need to turn around and get it, and by the time I do I'm guaranteed to have missed  vital calls, emails, texts.

I guess I can admit to having a mild case of  nomophobia, and I say mild because I'm not afraid to lose it cause life happens, but as I said above I do get anxious. lol.

nonmember avatar Dopekitty

I'm pretty addicted to mine, but thats cause i do all my internetting on it and i've been addicted to the net for years, lol

mama4... mama4Christ361

I actually left my phone at home today by accident. When I relized it, I told my husband and then shrugged. Who cares? It's useful but not the be-all, end all. Now forgetting my smokes? Someone MIGHT get shanked! LOL

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