What Does Nomophobia Mean in a Text?

Nomophobia means "No-Mobile-Phone Phobia."

Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile or cellphone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as lack of coverage or running out of battery power or credit.

The term nomophobia was created in 2008, by YouGov, a research organization based in the UK. In a study conducted by the organization, researchers found that over half of cellphone users felt anxious when they were unable to use their phones and many never turned their phone off.

  • Toni: Will you please stop checking your cellphone?! You've definitely got nomophobia.
  • Jordan: Oh, shut up and go back to sleep.
  • Child: Dad, what's nomophobia?
  • Father: I don't know son. Have you seen my cellphone?

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When I write Nomophobia, I mean this:

meaning of Nomophobia

Some people just can't live without their cellphone.

Summary of Key Points

"No-Mobile-Phone Phobia" is the most common definition for Nomophobia on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:No-Mobile-Phone Phobia
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

An Academic Look at Nomophobia

Nomophobia is a portmanteau word, i.e., a word that is formed by merging other words. In this case, nomophobia is an amalgam of the words No, Mobile and Phobia.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, nomophobia and the condition "No-Mobile-Phone Phobia" did not exist.

Example of Nomophobia Used in a Text

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