People are afraid of being without their phones


According to the Los Angeles Times, “nomophobia,” or the fear of being without your cell phone, is on the rise.

"Using the online polling service OnePull, SecurEnvoy found that 66% of the 1,000 people surveyed in the United Kingdom say they fear losing or being without their phone.

Just four years ago a similar survey found that only 53% of people suffered from nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia).

People 18-24 tend to be the most nomophobic (77%), followed by people aged 25-34 (68%). The third

According to the website, nomophobes can be treated by exposure therapy. First a person can start imagining what it would be like to be without a phone. And then maybe spend small amounts of time away from the phone."

First off, I’d like to state for the record that the term “nomophobia” is lame and I really hope it doesn’t catch on. Instead we should refer to it as a branch of agoraphobia, because that’s what it is. I’ll never forget a few years back, my old roommate had this girlfriend, and a group of friends were questioning me about how they met. They made at least a dozen guesses –, eHarmony, Facebook, MySpace, JDate, etc. – before eventually giving up. My response was, “they met the old-fashioned way.” Then I had to explain to them that the “old-fashioned way” meant at a bar and not in an AIM chat room. It’s pretty ironic that in our ever-growing search for interpersonal connectivity, a face-to-face conversation has become the 27th most utilized option. I don’t mean ironic in an Alanis Morrisette sort of way, like rain on your wedding day or finding 10,000 knives when all you need is a spork. I mean literally ironic. The point is, if we can go from “Do you come here often?” to poking people on Facebook in just a few years, I think it’s pretty safe to say that our kids’ generation is fucked. Or not fucked, if you want to be literal about it.


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