It's an epidemic. More than 66% of us suffer from nomophobia, and the numbers are on the rise. In fact, it's up 53% from just four years ago, according to a report released this summer.
Nomophobia is the fear of being separated from your phone. It's an abbreviation for "no-mobile-phone phobia." While the word "phobia" may be a bit strong, as reports do say the majority of phone-related cases are normal anxiety, I can attest to the feelings of panic that attack me when I can't find my phone. The study also found that people check their phone an average of 34 times a day — I'm likely to check mine that many times before lunch!
So whether or not being with your phone at all times is an obsession that occupies your every waking minute, as the study says, there's no doubt that phones play a huge part in our everyday lives. I keep mine handy to conduct business, keep in touch with everyone, map directions, the list goes on. You're always welcome to call or text me — I confess that my phone is always with me!
Check out these warning signs, if you think you may suffer from nomophobia:
- An inability to ever turn your phone off
- Obsessively checking for missed calls, emails and texts
- Constantly re-charging your battery
- Being unable to pop to the bathroom without taking your phone in with you.