I've heard it called 'no mobile phobia' or 'nomofo', but it's not really a phobia, so I'm wondering if there are any other common place terms.

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    My suggestion "mobile phone addiction"
    – rogermue
    Oct 4, 2014 at 8:11
  • ...Cold talkie. Oct 4, 2014 at 9:34

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It is indeed called Nomophobia. Here's the Wikipedia article on it:

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.The term, an abbreviation for "no-mobile-phone phobia", was coined during a 2010 study by the UK Post Office who commissioned YouGov, a UK-based research organization to look at anxieties suffered by mobile phone users. The study found that nearly 53% of mobile phone users in Britain tend to be anxious when they "lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage". The study found that about 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from the phobia, and an additional 9% feel stressed when their mobile phones are off. The study sampled 2,163 people. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed cited keeping in touch with friends or family as the main reason that they got anxious when they could not use their mobile phones.

The study compared stress levels induced by the average case of nomophobia to be on-par with those of "wedding day jitters" and trips to the dentists.Ten percent of those questioned said they needed to be contactable at all times because of work. It is, however, arguable that the word 'phobia' is misused and that in the majority of cases it is only a normal anxiety.

While the use of "phobia" to describe this seems debatable, as far as official terms go, this is the closest you've got.

  • I guess it's similar to the term 'homophobia' which isn't an express fear of homosexuals, but disliking/prejudice/hatred
    – dwjohnston
    Oct 4, 2014 at 7:38

There is the term mobile/cell phone separation anxiety also. Separation anxiety is already a well-established term and this term is coined as a specific type of it.

There is the below infographic from T-Mobile regarding separation anxiety:

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There is this brilliant and humorous idea in kickstarter called noPhone which is built specifically to alleviate the anxiety that comes along with not having a phone. There is the question "Is this a joke?" in FAQ but the answer is "No".

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Additioanlly, there is an experiment about mobile phone separation anxiety explained in the book Cyberpsychology and New Media: A Thematic Reader (edited by Andrew Power, Grainne Kirwan). You can check it out here in Google Books.


An alternative expression could be:

Smartphone addiction :

  • Nomophobia- fear of being without your smartphone- affects 40% of the population

Source: www.psychologytoday.com

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