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.

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