# Nomophobia. Do you have it?

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1. ### scheherazadeNorthern Horse WhispererValued Senior Member

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There's actually a name for the condition. It's called 'Nomophobia', first coined in 2008. Even in my little city it is astounding to observe the number of people who are walking down the street with their eyes glued to their mobile phone.

They walk blindly across the streets, ignoring intersections and lights and they cause me great unease when I am driving on winter roads as it can be impossible to stop on ice, no matter how slow you are driving nor how good your tires and reaction time. :bugeye:

This item on CBC News.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/02/do-you-fear-being-without-your-cellphone.html

3. ### KilljoyKlownWhateverValued Senior Member

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I do feel kind of cut off without my phone, but then I make a commitment not to let it happen again. But ever sense I moved to Washington, I hardly use my phone. I just like knowing I can make contact if I need to. I also, like knowing anyone else that needs to contact me can at anytime.

Not sure I'd call my desire to have my phone close at all times a phobia though.

Is there a phobia about Internet connections? If so, I'd probably resemble that.

5. ### cosmictravelerBe kind to yourself always.Valued Senior Member

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I turned mine off over 2 months ago and still don't have any urge to want to have it back on again. I've also stopped the cable service to my TV as well which I'm not missing anything that I need to see. It's all mind over matter, if you don't mind , it doesn't matter. I don't think I had that problem for I didn't have my cell on much unless I wanted to use it for some reason.

7. ### KilljoyKlownWhateverValued Senior Member

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I think it's hard for humans to avoid all the so called phobias that are now listed. Do you have a clue as to what some of yours might be? Maybe you are avoiding them now, but at some point we all do fall pray to some extent do we not.

8. ### leopoldValued Senior Member

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people texting are especially prone to this.
i've been guilty a number of times.
although alert i was only "half there".

9. ### KilljoyKlownWhateverValued Senior Member

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I've been guilty of texting while driving. I haven't done it for a few years now and the Stats. on cell phone accidents are looking very bad, so I would never do it again. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel if your only half there, although in my case it was a female driving my problems and not a phobia.

10. ### scheherazadeNorthern Horse WhispererValued Senior Member

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I don't get the impression that the news piece was dissing cell phones, merely taking note that some people become exceedingly anxious if denied access to their phone, even for short intervals as in 1 1/2 hours at work between breaks, as an example.

Being available to contact by others is a valid point, yet people now feel that they can call or text you 24/7/365 about anything!

The internet and email fill that function now too and I notice that even our cleaners are constantly glancing at their blooming communications devices several times a night and I know that it's not work related, lol...

Their boss uses the land line when he needs to make contact.

11. ### scheherazadeNorthern Horse WhispererValued Senior Member

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Perhaps some of us are from a more independent and self-entertaining generation, cosmic?

I watch very little TV, not even the news anymore since one can glance at the news feeds whenever one is online. My mother sometimes questions what she is paying for cable TV and has only a fairly basic package as she also has many other interests besides being connected and needing entertainment. It comes in handy, though, in the winter when the cold weather makes it very challenging for her to venture beyond the house and even getting the trash can to the curb is not something to look forward to.

20. ### RichW9090EvolutionistRegistered Senior Member

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Cosmic, you are either having a go at us, or you need serious professional intervention.

Rich

21. ### KilljoyKlownWhateverValued Senior Member

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You really caught me off guard with this. But I do believe that being paranoid doesn't mean you don't have good reason. However when it comes to your life or even just the quality of your life, it's a little more serious than a simple phobia.

Sense I really know very little about you, I couldn't say whether you are worth tracking or not. But from what I do know about you, I can't imagine anybody or company or government thinking that you are worth all the resources it would take to track you the way you have described.

If you are doing nothing wrong and you don't really have much that anyone else wants. What do you think about why anyone would want to keep track of everything you are doing? If you can't think of anything maybe it's not real in the way you seem to think it is.

May I ask if you have a plan to occupy your time after you drop the Internet? Nothing is impossible if you have something else to do that's at least of equal value to you. If you find your life is suffering because of it, are your going to be willing change your mind and go back to boring whoever is keeping track of you. Personally I don't like boring even if I'm getting paid to do it.

22. ### leopoldValued Senior Member

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i've never texted while driving but i have run through my phone list looking for numbers, gabbed on the phone, and checked who called.
all of the above can distract you enough to cause an accident.
texting while driving is ten times worse.
i was on my bike and watched an SUV blow right through a red light.
cause?
yakking on the phone.
another 2 seconds and she would have t-boned my ass.

23. ### KilljoyKlownWhateverValued Senior Member

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I believe Washington state has passed laws that make it illegal to use a cell phone while driving and the fines are painful enough to make you think twice about doing it. As far as texting goes I was very good at one hand texting and I had the keypad memorized well enough that I didn't need to be looking at it. However, it is still to distracting, I believe cell phone caused accidents are close to surpassing drunk driving accidents, and that's really saying something.