Cell Phone Fear (Nomophobia): Effects, Symptoms, Treatments, Tips

Fear of the cell phone or nomophobia , as it is known by specialists, is arelatively new anxiety disorder: it is characterized by an exaggerated fear of being deprived of a mobile phone. To the point of being able to cause, in certain cases, true panic attacks.

Effects of nomophobia

  • Nomophobia (contraction of “non-mobile phobia”) is both a “classic” phobia and an addiction.
  • Indeed, the nomophobe suffers from a true dependence on his mobile phone, to the point of having developed the phobia of being deprived of it: he is scared at the idea of ​​losing it, of breaking it, he is very afraid of being robbed.
  • Your phobia can also manifest itself when your phone’s battery drains, when you are in an area without a network, or when one of your favorite applications refuses to work.
  • Nomophobia can be a source of psychological suffering for the affected person and for those around him.
  • It can even represent a physical danger, when the nomophobe does not resist sending an SMS, while driving, for example.

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In case of nomophobia, one finds symptoms of mobile phone addiction:

  • The subject consults his telephone very often, wherever he is, the guard open and on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, suffers from a real lack when he does not have access to his telephone.
  • You may also prefer to communicate on the phone rather than meet people. These symptoms are aggravated by the most characteristic symptoms of phobias .

The nomophobic person can implement avoidance strategies to never be deprived of a mobile phone:

  • You always have your charger with you, avoid places without a network or that do not allow you to exploit the full power of your smartphone (for example, the presence of a wi-fi network is one of your main criteria for choosing a vacation rental), has an alternate phone in case of anything.
  • You can also experience an anxiety attack if you are deprived of the phone, with tremors, rapid heartbeat, sweating, feeling of suffocation, etc.

The causes

  • Nomophobia has been on the rise since the advent of smartphones, allowing you to be permanently connected to the world through the Internet and social networks.
  • For nomophobics, the anguish of being deprived of their phone rather symbolizes the fear of being isolated, isolated from the world.
  • Boredom can also be a possible cause of mobile addiction and nomophobia (the subject increasingly plays on his mobile to pass the time).


  • In case of mild nomophobia, it is possible to wean, closing the phone a little more each day, forcing yourself to leave it at home.
  • However, more severe nomophobia may require psychological attention, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Hello, how are you? My name is Georgia Tarrant, and I am a clinical psychologist. In everyday life, professional obligations seem to predominate over our personal life. It's as if work takes up more and more of the time we'd love to devote to our love life, our family, or even a moment of leisure.

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