no·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ ˌnō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce nomophobia (audio) \

Definition of nomophobia

: fear of being without access to a working cell phone Using the online polling service OnePull, SecurEnvoy found that 66% of the 1,000 people surveyed in the United Kingdom say they fear losing or being without their phone. Just four years ago a similar survey found that only 53% of people suffered from nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia).— Deborah Netburn, The Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2012

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Other Words from nomophobia

nomophobic \ ˌnō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce nomophobia (audio) \ adjective
The more powerful these phones get, the more we use and depend on them, and the more compulsive and nomophobic we become. — Jay Fidell, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 24 Dec. 2013

First Known Use of nomophobia

2008, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nomophobia

nomo- (from no mobile "no cell phone") + -phobia

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“Nomophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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