Phobias: Nomophobia


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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