Do you have nomophobia?

Friday, April 11, 2008 | 2:30 PM

A recent article in the Evening Standard introduced a "new, peculiarly 21st century affliction" called nomophobia or "no mobile phobia," which is exactly what it sounds like - the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Besides citing research that claims up to 53% of mobile phone users feel great anxiety when their phones run out of battery life or have no network coverage, the article also suggests ways to avoid nomophobia, such as carrying a charger at all times or remembering your most important phone numbers.

So are you a nomophobe? If you are, you're not alone. I suspect that many of us on the Google mobile team are nomophobes too!


nikk said...

but then what do you call the anxiety attacks suffered by family members when they're unable to contact you for say, an hour, just because your mobile broke down or battery went out etc etc?

VrooBell said...

well, i'm nomophobe only when i don't have my mobile with me - it doesn't matter if battery is dead or there's no network coverage.

Me said...

When you are without your phone, its no longer just the phone that you are without. You are also without your calculator, watch, translator, GPS, camera, emails, internet, handheld game console, calendar, PDA, mp3 player, movie player etc etc

If you cant beat it, share your addiction :)


Prometheos said...

I thaught it came from greek words "nomos", law, and "phobia", fear.
Maybe there should be another word for that so called "phobia".