With the 21st century and new technology comes new fears. The fear of being without a cellphone or without phone service is nomophobia! Nomophobia is a fairly new word, with its earliest recognized use being in 2008. A study done in the UK surveyed 1000 people about use of their phone and the degree to which they had nomophobia.
According to the study, two-thirds of people fear losing their phone, and so could be said to be nomophobic. More women than men reported having significant fear of losing their phone. Unsurprisingly, people aged 18-24 have the highest percentage of nomophobia. Those who are older tend to experience lower percentages of nomophobia.
Many young people who have grown up with such technology can’t imagine living even a few days without it. It is an imperative vital way of connecting to their world and other people.