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.