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Nomophobia: The Fear of Being Without a Gnome….er, Phone


Science is continuing to prance through the medical dictionary, adding illnesses and sickness where there once was none.  Much like ER's Dr. Peter Benton, science has made a Collin mockery of the medical field. As a result, a recent study shows that 66% of the population suffer from Nomophobia...the fear of being without their phone!

First identified in 2008, it would appear nomophobia – the fear of being out of mobile phone contact, is sharply increasing in the UK. A recent survey of 1,000 people in employment, conducted using OnePoll, discovered two thirds of respondents fear losing or being without their mobile phone.

There was a lot more to this study, but  I am going to save us the pain of reading through scientific mumbo jumbo. Basically, we as a society have become way to attached to our phones. Does this need to be labeled as a phobia? I wonder, is there a phobia for fear of losing your shoes?

A quick scour of the internets gives the following result from Urban Dictionary:

Fear of losing your shoes whilst standing in a pond on the west coast of Columbia during autumn.

Close enough. I only worry that when a doctor is diagnosing someone with nomophobia, they aren't quickly confused with someone who has been diagnosed with gnomophobia, which is the fear of gnomes.

Justin DiSandro joined SocialTechPop at its inception in 2010. He has been integral in growing the blog by working closely with the technology and the pop culture community. His sarcastic wit and charm has earned him numerous writing awards and accolades, and his absurd knowledge of all things "pop" has earned him recognition throughout the entertainment industry. His writings have appeared in countless magazines, literary journals, and documentaries, as well as being quoted by a variety of scholarly studies and film fests.

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