Aug 05 2012


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Can you live without it?

Nomophobia – the fear of being separated from one’s cell phone. (No-mobile phone phobia).  This recent phobia is often times stronger than people’s fear of going to the dentist, clowns, spiders, and heights.



Warning signs of nomophobia:

  • Constantly checking your phone for missed calls, texts, and emails.
  • You are never without your phone.  Your phone is always within arm’s reach.  Many people take their phone with them to the restroom and in the shower.                                                                                                                      

  • You sleep with your phone.
  • Always making sure your battery has a full charge.
  • You depend on the GPS app on your phone so much that you can’t go to the mail box without it.
  • Fear of going into an area with no cell phone coverage.
  • Your cellphone has replaced your actual alarm clock, calculator, calendar, flashlight, camera, your best friend, and grocery store list.
  • You get upset if the network goes down.
  • You never turn it off.
  • Extreme fear of losing it.  The thought of losing your phone causes you nightmares.  I’m talking about getting picked last in kickball nightmares.  That’s scary.



What would you rather leave your house without: Your cell phone OR

  1. Your credit card
  2. Cash
  3. Purse or wallet
  4. Wearing pants
  5. Your significant other
  6. Shoes


How many times a day do you check your cell phone? I read a study that found that people check their phone an average of 34 times a day.

Can you go an hour without checking your phone?


The cell phone was created to make and receive telephone calls.  People are talking less on the phone and texting more nowadays.  You want to freak someone out; try calling them instead of sending a text message.  Sometimes it’s like they forgot the ability to speak.  It’s like they cannot form verbal sentences without the use of their thumbs.

Do you text more than you make phone calls?

I admit there are some people that sending text messages to is better than having an actual phone conversation with them.  Why?

  • They can be boring to talk to at times.
  • They are not funny.
  • They are too serious (on the phone and in person)
  • Worst of all…they never end the phone conversation. Sometimes you have to fake a fire to get them off the phone with you. “I have to let you go now. I think my refrigerator just caught on fire and it may burn down my house. I have to go put the fire out. I just bought a brand new gallon of milk. I’ll text you later.


I can’t imagine taking my cell phone near my shower.  I look forward to my shower time.  I take long showers because it’s relaxing, allows me to think, and most importantly…I want to get clean, and smell pretty.  I don’t want to take a call or read a text while I’m all soapy and attempting to make myself squeaky clean.








Some effects of nomophobia include:

  • Panic attacks similar to having a bad hair day.
  • Thumbs involuntarily twitch.
  • Dizziness
  • Desire to break dance
  • Double vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Strong craving for a blue slush or french toast
  • Sweating like you’re in a sauna or like you just ate some super hot chicken wings
  • Elevated heartbeat
  • Seeing shadows makes you tremble (The thought of Groundhog’s Day makes you cry.)
  • Chest pains

(Side note:  I experience some of the same effects when my favorite college football team loses a game.)


If you know someone who suffers from nomophobia, please let them know that you care about them, and you will not make fun of them, or hide their cell phone.  Let them know that they are not alone.  There are support groups and places they can go to seek help for their cellular condition.

Nomophobia treatment center help desk


This person is hopeless


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