One would think that the prospect of getting married, starting a new job or going to the dentist would be long recognised as sources of great stress for those who have to go through these things in life. However, it seems that now they are matched by a new, peculiar affliction related to the 21st century lifestyle, and that is “nomophobia” – the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
According to research conducted in Britain, more than 13 million Britons fear being out of mobile phone contact. Staying in touch with friends or family is the main reason why many are attached to their phones. More than one in two said this is why they never turn it off. One in ten said they need to be contactable at all times because of their jobs, while 9 percent said that having their phone off make them anxious. Experts say nomophobia could affect up to 53 per cent of mobile phone users, with 48 percent of women and 58 percent of men surveyed admitted to experience feelings of anxiety when they run out of battery, finish up their phone credit or have no network coverage.
So what is the solution to this “disease”? Experts recommend that to avoid nomophobia, one should always bring a charger at all times, provide family and friends with an alternative contact number and bring along a pre-paid phone card for emergency calls if your phone is defective, lost or stolen. Other tips are having records of numbers in case you lose your phone and keep the phone in a closed pocket or handbag to prevent loss or theft. They also add that you might also try to rid yourself of the shackles of your phone by just switching it off.