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

Word History


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

First Known Use

2008, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nomophobia was in 2008

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“Nomophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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