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Nomophobia -- fear of being without your phone -- is on the rise
LA Times ^ | 2/17/2012 | LA Times

Posted on 02/18/2012 9:56:20 PM PST by Dallas59

Do you feel anxious if your cellphone isn't nearby?

Does just the thought of losing your phone make your heart pound?

Do you keep an extra phone on hand, just in case your primary phone breaks?

Do you sometimes take it to bed with you?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you may be a nomophobe, and you are not alone.

Nomophobia -- the fear of being without your cellphone -- is on the rise, according to a new report sponsored by SecurEnvoy, a company that specializes in digital passwords.

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).

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: mobile; phobia; phone

1 posted on 02/18/2012 9:56:30 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Interesting....but, what is the name of the phobia concerning not having your gun with you?


2 posted on 02/18/2012 10:01:18 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Mortrey

Coltaphobia


3 posted on 02/18/2012 10:03:23 PM PST by lwoodham (Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.)
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To: Mortrey

That’s called “obama’s second term”.


4 posted on 02/18/2012 10:05:17 PM PST by donna (I want to live in a Judeo/Christian country where we know that, before God, men & women are equal.)
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To: Mortrey

If “hoplophobia” is the fear of guns, then adding the privative prefix a- to the Greek root hoplo- would yield up something like “ahoplophobia.” That could mean either fear of having no gun, or the absence of fear of guns, take your pick.


5 posted on 02/18/2012 10:09:34 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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6 posted on 02/18/2012 10:10:21 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Dallas59

I have Nomophobia because I can’t find a pay phone anywhere! And even if I did happen to find one I probably wouldn’t know how to use one anymore - lol


7 posted on 02/18/2012 10:23:01 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: libertarian27

With a car breakdown I once asked a gas station if it had a pay phone. The attendant took pity on me and let me use his cell phone.


8 posted on 02/18/2012 10:25:22 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Dallas59

I thought “Nomophobia” was the fear of batting against Hideo Nomo.


9 posted on 02/18/2012 10:29:01 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Dallas59

I’d be happy to help some of these folks out by shoving their phone in a place where it would always be with them.


10 posted on 02/18/2012 10:33:09 PM PST by bigbob
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To: dfwgator; Dallas59

I thought it was "Noamophobia"

11 posted on 02/18/2012 10:39:59 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Dallas59
Not me. I like the security it provides and when connected to the interwebs the fact that all the knowledge of ages is at hand but ere long I'm dumping it all. No phone, no internet, no TV, no radio. Adios contemporary culture.. you suck.

12 posted on 02/18/2012 10:52:21 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: Dallas59

I would’ve thought nomophobia was the fear of losing your last phobia, as in “I got no mo’ phobia! What’ll I do?”


13 posted on 02/19/2012 12:07:26 AM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Dallas59

I always take my phone with me at bedtime. It has a very reliable alarm clock.


14 posted on 02/19/2012 1:35:25 AM PST by aberaussie
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To: Dallas59

I went out alone with my infant and no phone, by accident, last week and I was terrified. How did we live without these things? But there were public phones everywhere. Not any more.


15 posted on 02/19/2012 2:00:39 AM PST by Yaelle (Go Santorum!)
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To: Dallas59

What is a “cellphone”?


16 posted on 02/19/2012 2:19:59 AM PST by tdscpa
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To: Dallas59
No mo phobia? I's FREE!

I have a couple of the d@mned phones.

If I didn't need them for work, I'd take a hammer to them.

17 posted on 02/19/2012 2:37:20 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

“If I didn’t need them for work, I’d take a hammer to them. “

I’m on 24 hour emergency call. Whenever it rings, my BP goes up. When I retire, very soon, I’m going to shoot the damn thing! Did that to a string trimmer once. Felt really good! 44 mag for the trimmer. My Colt Woodsman is ready to take out the cell phone!


18 posted on 02/19/2012 2:47:54 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dallas59

I’m not that bad off but I do have the phone near my bed when I sleep but I had a land line phone there before I got rid of it.


19 posted on 02/19/2012 3:36:55 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Mortrey

Yep - hate the phone and only carry so my wife can reach me. Otherwise it’s a fancy watch. Carry my gun because it has more potential to be useful.


20 posted on 02/19/2012 5:03:05 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
The fact that I can be reached 24/7 is a little weird. I like my alone time when I can think and just plain forget everything. I DON'T want to be reachable 24/7.

PS Anyone causing a car wreck due to phone distraction should do hard time.

21 posted on 02/19/2012 5:11:14 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Mortrey
I have this diagnosis. My phone is a connection to my mother and my daughter when she is out or at school. I always have it with me and if I forgot it I go back home for it.
22 posted on 02/19/2012 5:19:02 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: Dallas59
Do you sometimes take it to bed with you?

Not a fair question. I do so because I use the alarm, not because I am afraid I will miss a call. I left the thing at work over my weekend off once. They were more upset than I was.

23 posted on 02/19/2012 5:19:29 AM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Forget the Woodsman. Use enough gun.
24 posted on 02/19/2012 5:24:29 AM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: Dallas59

Yep, I wondered why I had the panic attic, nomophobia, now I understand. Sitting at the mall while my wife turns into the department store (my cue to find a bench, pull out the IPhone, bring up the Kindle app, sync with the book I’m reading at home, sit back and enjoy!). But reaching for it, the holder on my belt was empty... The IPhone was still at home charging. The reaction was panic, was it lost? Then anger at myself for being forgetful. Then a slowing if the heart rate and synapsis firings... Then a comatose boredom for 2 hours. So now I know what the attack was all about ... Nomophobia. Now I feel better.


25 posted on 02/19/2012 5:48:21 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (Still a contributing Republican? Why?)
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To: Dallas59
first world problems


26 posted on 02/19/2012 5:52:23 AM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: Dallas59
Mine cost $15 and the only requirement is topping up $20 every 90 days (Virgin Mobile Paylo by LG)--I use a simple plan rather than one that gives me a lot of time to talk and text. Because I don't often talk and have only sent a few texts. (I also have a landline phone)

It can come in handy if my car breaks down, call AAA. Can check email on it (deduct 15 cents for each) etc. But I'm not chained to it and I can survive without it, say, if I go off to work and forgot the phone at home. (Just hope I don't break down.) No camera. Pretty much used to make occasional phone calls.

(My LG Virgin Mobile dumbphone):

27 posted on 02/19/2012 6:01:37 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

(...I use a netbook with wifi when I travel, not the phone to surf web)


28 posted on 02/19/2012 6:02:20 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Yaelle

Some public places like airports, etc may have them and I do see one at the local laundromat (35 cents I think). But overall, yes, public phones have disappeared.

Years ago I’d have to call someone from a pay phone to be let into the building where the non-commercial radio station (where I volunteer) is. Now, I use my cell phone...costs me
about 25-50 cents for a quick call. No public phone to use.


29 posted on 02/19/2012 6:07:47 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Dallas59

I have calculophobia, fear of being without my calculator.

Fortunately as long as I keep my I Phone safe and by my side, I always have my calculator, my e mail and most important, FRee Republic.


30 posted on 02/19/2012 6:09:24 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Yaelle
I went out alone with my infant and no phone, by accident, last week and I was terrified.
Terrified of what? If nothing else, everyone you're surrounded by in public has a phone.
31 posted on 02/19/2012 6:22:31 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Dallas59

Two weeks ago I signed up for the Samsung Galaxy S II, retail on it is $750 but it was on a promo for $100.

I don’t use even a fraction of its bells and whistles, but its nice having an actual faster internet connection than my home PC, two nights ago I needed a metric fastener torque spec, I found it on my phone in like 5 seconds.

I could even surf FR and post on it. Awesome tool, I can read any of my 100 plus Kindle books on it anytime and my monthly bill should be about the same as what I had to pay for my old Tracfone, but its not grafted to me at the least and I don’t partake of any social circles on it, its just a tool like anything else in my toolbox and I don’t sleep with my torque wrenches.


32 posted on 02/19/2012 6:36:40 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: central_va

“Anyone causing a car wreck due to phone distraction should do hard time.”

If the cell rings when I’m driving, I answer because it’s an “Emergency only” phone. If they ban cell phones while driving, which I approve, they had best make exceptions for people like mr, who have to respond immediately.


33 posted on 02/19/2012 6:41:33 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: magslinger

“Forget the Woodsman.”
Nah. The Woodsman will be just right. I can shoot it a couple three times, and still have a trophy to hang on the wall!


34 posted on 02/19/2012 6:44:15 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dallas59

Is there a word for the fear of being separated from your computer?


35 posted on 02/19/2012 6:54:58 AM PST by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

As you will. I just thought a Barrett would make a good retirement present to yourself. (You know you want one.)


36 posted on 02/19/2012 7:02:20 AM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I’m on 24 hour emergency call. Whenever it rings, my BP goes up. When I retire, very soon, I’m going to shoot the damn thing!

One of the many downsides of cellphones is that for many people they can no longer leave work. I resisted having a cell phone for this reason for a long time, and I was an oddball that required special consideration.

37 posted on 02/19/2012 7:06:12 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Dallas59
Could it be that most cell phones also serve as an alarm clock/scheduler/e-mail server? Cell phones quit being just cell phones years ago.
38 posted on 02/19/2012 7:49:22 AM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Dallas59

NoMoHomoPhobia - fear that there won’t be any more homosexuals around to fund the Democrat party.


39 posted on 02/19/2012 8:49:51 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Dallas59

If a nomophobe can’t put his phone down, what’s the term for a person who hates them? Because that’s me. Sometimes I think they were one of the worst inventions ever. Why do people want to be accessible all the time? And I am so sick of seeing people blindly shuffling along, not knowing where they are, because they are so preoccupied with those damn things. On the way home the other day, I almost got creamed TWICE by idiots yapping on phones behind the wheel.

The next time you see someone creeping along in the passing lane or swerving all over the road, get beside them and take a look. Chances are they’re on the phone.


40 posted on 02/19/2012 8:51:50 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

so fear of having no more free republic is nofrephobia?


41 posted on 02/19/2012 1:33:09 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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