I learned a new phrase this weekend – nomophobia. It stands for no-mobile-phobia – the fear of going without your phone.
Just tonight before our small groups started, one of our guys got out his phone, accidentally dropped it and cracked his screen. He was upset because he just had his phone fixed a few weeks ago. I’ve seen phones that have multiple cracks throughout the screen (kind of looks like a bunch of spider webs). Rather than get the phone fixed, people continue to use them because they don’t want to be without it.
Last week one of our junior high girls was stressing out a little bit – her iPhone was on 4% battery. She was afraid she wouldn’t make it home before it died.
I have to admit I have had a touch of nomophobia. My son dropped my phone at the doctor’s office and cracked the case enough where the SIM card wouldn’t read. So, I couldn’t send texts or receive phone calls for a while. I have to admit I was a little concerned. I mean, what important call or text might I miss out on that afternoon? Scary stuff!
That’s what the infograph shows below, based on a study done in the UK. Check to see if someone you know (or maybe even you) suffer from nomophobia. Interesting stats.
This infograph was posted on the Youth Ministry Media website.