Use of English: Nomophobia

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The term, an abbreviation for "no-mobile-phone phobia", was coined during a study by the UK Post Office who YouGov, a UK-based research organisation to look at suffered by mobile phone users. The study found that nearly 53% of mobile phone users in Britain to be anxious when they "lose their mobile phone, run out of or credit, or have no network ". The study found that about 58% of men and 48% of women from the phobia, and an additional 9% feel stressed when their mobile phones are off. The study 2,163 people. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed keeping in touch with friends or family as the main that they got anxious when they could not use their mobile phones. The study compared stress levels by the average case of nomophobia to be on with those of "wedding day jitters" and trips to the dentist’s. Ten percent of those questioned said they needed to be at all times because of work. It is, however, that the word 'phobia' is misused and that in the of cases it is only a normal anxiety.

More than one in two nomophobes never switch off their mobile phones. The study and coverage of the phobia resulted in two editorial columns by those who minimize their mobile phone use or choose not to own one at all, the condition with light undertones or disbelief and amusement.