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I’m always surprised by how many fears have earned the honor of medical nomenclature. Anuptaphobia, fear of staying single, seems a little odd, and same with lutraphobia, fear of otters, and geliophobia, fear of laughter. Surely they’re real—fear is often irrational—but wow. Then there’s Nomophobia—fear of being without your mobile phone, which isn’t on the Internet’s official “list of phobias,” but was covered by the Los Angeles Times. According to SecurEnvoy, a company that specializes in digital passwords, Nomophobia is “on the rise.”
Here are the symptoms as the Times put it: 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?
According to the article if you say yes to any of these, you may have nomophobia.