Nomophobia shows how our lives are dominated by mobile connection

April 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment
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Have you ever heard of nomophobia? If your phone plays a large part in your life, chances are, you’ve experienced this. Nomophobia, coined from “no mobile,” is a modern age anxiety, which refers to fear of not being able to use a smartphone.

According to Caglar Yildirim, researcher from Iowa State University, “Nomophobia is introduced to our lives as a by product of the interaction between people and mobile information and communication technologies.”

show that the anxiety also refers to the fear of not being able to communicate, losing the connectedness that smartphones allow. It is also the fear of not being able to access information through our mobile devices, and giving up the convenience they provide.

A world of mobile connectivity

Perhaps, nomophobia may seem to reflect an unhealthy dependence we have on our mobile gadgets. On the other hand, it also reflects the reality that many industries and personal lives have been eased and made efficient through mobile devices. So much so, that communication and information gathering are hampered when mobile devices fail to connect.

Perhaps, nomophobia is the anxiety over no mobile connectivity, and the mobile gadget is the physical representation of that loss of connection in a highly interconnected world. Then, it makes sense that consumers and innovators alike are pushing for wearables.

Wearables are the next step to seamless connectivity: the mobile gadget functions as a communication device, as simple and normal as wearing it. For example, goal is to have wearable fitness trackers and smartwatches that have cellular connectivity built in so you don’t have to worry about always having your phone nearby to receive calls or text messages.

In a world of mobile connectivity, to be connected shouldn’t be a luxury anymore, but a right. It has turned into a need, which is almost synonymous with our need for communication. For instance, the indigenous Lebanese are in dire need of a better infrastructure for telecommunications most especially as thousands of refugees take shelter in their land.

According to the, the available bandwidth for mobile phone connectivity in the country could hardly support its own Lebanese population, let alone the newcomers. This mobile coverage problem has plagued many other countries, such as India. A start-up American firm  aims to solve this mobile network coverage problem in the world through its revolutionary network extender. By plugging the device in, consumers will enjoy a strong five bars of signals, ensuring faster downloads, higher quality video, and uninterrupted and clear voice calls.

Cell phone or mobile device use has become one of the most common ways to communicate. The impact of this has manifested in what many experiences when they are separated from their phones. The dependence on mobile gadgets, of course, is not encouraged. However, improving communication and connectivity around the world is imperative.



Arturo Garcia is a Peruvian-Filipino freelance journalist. He is a self-confessed football fan like most Latin Americans, although he never learned to enjoy basketball, his Filipina mother’s favorite sport. He started out as a political writer for a local daily in Peru, but now focuses on everything-tech and business. Arturo studied Economics at Unibersidad de Lima and currently lives at an apartment in Salinas Valley, Northern California, exactly 725 meters from John Steinbeck’s hometown.