Nomophobia

constant fear of not having cellphone service

What is Nomophobia?

Nomophobia is an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia,” . The study found that nearly 53 percent of mobile phone users in Britain tend to be anxious when they “lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage.”

Facts

In the U.S., it’s gotten worse…


  1. Sixty-five percent, or about two in three people, sleep with or next to their smart phones. (Among college students, it’s even higher).
  2. Thirty-four percent admitted to answering their cell phone during intimacy with their partner. (Hey, what happened to valuing the person you are with in-person?)
  3. One in five people would rather go without shoes for a week than take a break from their phone. (It’s a good way to lose your sole and your soul).
  4. More than half never switch off their phone. (I’d call that an addiction).
  5. A full 66 percent of all adults suffer from “nomophobia.”

How to prevent Nomophobia

  • Be sure there are daily times you turn off the cell phone and experience either face-to-face conversations or solitude.
  • Balance screen time and in-person time each week. For every hour you invest in front of a screen, you invest in human contact.
  • Try a technology fast every month, where you actually go for a day or more without a computer, tablet or phone. You’ll feel liberated.
  • Place your phone at least 15 feet away from you when you sleep at night. I realize you’ll have to get up to push “snooze,” but it’s safer this way.
  • Block your day in time zones, where you spend time using technology, but also have blocks of time for organic, genuine interaction with people.