Nomophobia is the fear of being out of contact via mobile phone. As you can see here, it’s becoming so common that a couple psychologists have drafted a proposal for including nomophobia in the next edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short)—the Bible of psychology. The disorder is said to affect some 13 million people living in Britain (48% women, 58% men). I can only imagine how many Americans have been affected.
Do you have nomophobia?
A few tell-tale signs to look for from the proposal:
- Spending significant time with your mobile phone (duh)
- Hearing phantom ring tones
- Always carrying a charger with it
- Having anxiety about losing your phone, being out of coverage, running out of battery, etc.
- Constantly checking your screen for messages
- Incurring considerable debt from phone-related expenses
Image via Flickr user Andres Rodriguez.