What is Nomophobia?
Nomophobia (short for ‘no mobile phobia’) is a humorous word for the fear of, or anxiety caused by, not having a working mobile phone. It has been considered a symptom or syndrome of problematic digital media use in mental health, the definitions of which are not standardized. [*]
You are glued to your phone 24 hours a day and you ignore everything around you.
Today, you can do anything through the apps on your cellphone.
So it’s not surprising that 66% population of the world confessed to being a nomophobic, the fear of being without your phone.
Are you one of them?
Symptoms of Nomophobia
Here are the symptoms of Nomophobia:
Having a sixth sense for network coverage
If you know a nomophobe, the following will feel very familiar:
They are walking pleasantly down the street. The birds are chirping and the sun is shining in all its glory. It’s a perfect day. All of a sudden, they stop dead in their tracks. They know this feeling. They’ve felt this before. This is what they wanted to avoid at all costs, but alas! They slowly look around. Then fear creeps across their face. They turn to you – slowly, dramatically – and with complete sincerity and impending doom they say: “There’s no network coverage here.”
The constant search for the next fix
“Who has a charger cord? Do you have a charger cord? Does anybody know where can I get a charger cord? Can I borrow your cord? I swear it’s just for five minutes, I swear. Will that cord fit my phone? That’s a damn fine cord, where do I get me one of those? I’ll give you ten bucks for that cord. Okay, 15. JUST GIVE ME THE FREAKING CORD.”
Having super-human vision when looking for power outlets
The nomophobe could be legally blind but still able to spot a power outlet from 50 meters away. They can also walk into a room and know within a second where every socket in the room is located and whether they could fit a charger in there. They instantly know the power output and how long it will take to charge their phone. The mathematician in them wakes up and differential equations are fired up in their brains.
Let the rate of discharge, using 3 apps and mobile data be dd/dn
Let the rate of charging using a 220V output, assuming 15W power be dc/dv
Considering the battery is already 29%, it shouldn’t take more than 47 minutes 23 seconds for a complete charge.
Sherlock isn’t this efficient in solving crimes.
Having seventh for battery percentages
They can feel it in the very core of their being. The dread starts to flutter in the pit of their stomach: Their battery is getting low. Someone could offer the nomophobe a thousand bucks to use their phone when it’s below 10% and they will refuse. If they could trade their soul for a new battery or even a turbocharger, they would. They goddamn would!
Knowing more about power charging technology than knowing about themselves
Phone case charger. Solar-powered charger. Bicycle-powered charger. Sweat-powered charger. Wireless charger. The nomophobe can tell you every source of charging power that ever has been and ever will be invented.
Developing stealth phone checking skills
Not allowed to look at your phone on a plane or in the movies? Like what is this, MEDIEVAL TIMES? The concept of not looking at one’s phone is ridiculous and offensive to the nomophobe. Thus, they develop some pretty stealth skills so that they may continue to be at one with their love even when ‘rules’ say they can’t be. And mind you, they can’t be caught. They might not have CIA training our RAW experience, but they very well know how to get what they want, when they want.
Not going to a new place
At least not until they have done some serious, Scotland Yard level digging into the logistics of said ‘new’ place. Even if you take them to a new place, they will have already scoped the socket situation, the network coverage, and what kind of charging cord the staff has.
If a friend, or, let the lord be kind, you identify with the above symptoms, get into rehab. That’s the need of the hour, Frank! Need of the hour.