nomophobia

noun no·mo·pho·bia \ ˌnō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

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 NetburnThe Los Angeles Times17 Feb. 2012

nomophobic

play \ˌnō-mə-ˈfō-bik\ adjective
    • The more powerful these phones get, the more we use and depend on them, and the more compulsive and nomophobic we become.
    • —Jay FidellThe Honolulu Star-Advertiser24 Dec. 2013

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Origin and Etymology of nomophobia

nomo- (from no mobile “no cell phone”) +-phobia


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