Phobias: Nomophobia

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Hello, JFR blog readers! It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to write a blog post. The last phobia that I shared was hippopotomonstrosesquideliophobia, otherwise known as the phobia of long words. While hippopotomonstrosesquideliophobia is not a common phobia, it is a humorous one. There is, however, one phobia that everyone in society today probably has. This phobia is called nomophobia, the fear of being without a mobile phone.

There is the understanding that being without a mobile phone can be scary, particularly in case an emergency comes up. I know I would be afraid of going on a long drive somewhere without being able to reach AAA or being able to call for help. Phones have the added benefit of allowing me to communicate with family and friends when I have an immediate question or problem. I cannot even count the number of times that I’ve gone to the grocery store and, upon forgetting what I was supposed to get, conveniently called my house from my mobile device. It is also convenient when meeting with big groups of people, because a quick phone call or text can notify people of tardiness or being lost.

While these are all understandable reasons to be fearful of not having a mobile phone, I think that this phobia has taken new heights in recent years.

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Phobias: Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

PhobiasEveryone probably has a fear of something, but have you ever wondered how to describe it in one word? There are many phobias that describe fears that people have in one word. And those words can be a lot of fun to say!

This being the first blog on phobias, I wanted to define what a phobia is so everyone is clear. A phobia is: the extreme of irrational fear of or aversion to something. Phobias are also a lot of fun to break down linguistically, if you are into language like that!

While there are many different fun phobias out there I wanted to share my favorite phobia in this particular blog post, which is hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. This is the phobia of long words.

Is it not ironic that the phobia for the fear of long words is one of the longest words out there? I myself do not suffer from the fear of long words, but I feel sorry for those who do. How else are you supposed to appreciate supercalifragilisticexpoalidocious from Mary Poppins?upercalifragilisticexpialidocious

There is much skepticism on whether or not hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is considered to be an actual phobia or just one made up for fun that has gained popularity on the internet and other places.

— Jessica Jordan, Managing Editor