The fear of being without your mobile device or being able to use it.

Symptoms include:

  • Constantly checking your phone for notifications or battery level
  • Constantly charging your phone
  • Possessing mutiple mobile devices
  • Panic attacks and anxiety when being away from your phone
  • The usage of their phone affects relationships, work, and school
  • Known to be loners and have problems maintaining relationships

My Unplugged Diary

Start: 10pm...April 28th, 2015
Stop: 10pm...April 29, 2015

10:00 pm.

  • I hid my phone in my pantry
  • I actually finished my reading for English for the first time in about a week
  • I went to bed before midnight for the first time in about a month

11:00 pm. - 7:00 am.

  • I usually fall asleep listening to music on my phone but I couldn't and I actually fell asleep quicker than usual
  • I kept waking up in the middle of the night to check my phone and it wasn't there
  • My mom had to wake me up because I didn't have an alarm

8:00 am.

  • I didn't know Caleb was at my house to pick me up because he normaly texts me
  • I didn't have control of the music in the car this morning because I didn't have my phone to connect to the bluetooth
  • We couldn't go to Starbucks because I use my phone to pay and a didn't have my debit card because I left it in my phone case

9:00 am

  • I couldn't use Sparknotes to help me understand As I Lay Dying and I was really confused about the reading from the other night

10:00 am.

  • I didn't really have any problems in second period because I could distract myself with the computer

11:00 am.

  • Lunch was fine but I kept reaching for my phone.

12:00 pm.

  • I can never use my phone in biology anyways so I didn't have a problem in that class

1:00 pm.

  • Seeing everyone on their phone was a struggle, especially because we weren't doing anything in TOK. My hands kept twitching.

2:00 pm.

  • I usually wait in the library for my mom to text me when she's here to pick me up but I had to stand outside and wait for her because we couldn't communicate

3:00 pm.

  • I got to work about 30 minutes early, forgot the homework I was going to work on, and had nothing to do so I started reading the Junior Olympic Code of Points book that we keep in the back

4:00 pm. - 8:00 pm.

  • I had work from 4 to 8 and I typically check my phone every chance I get but I kept walking over to the shelf where my phone normally is and it wasn't there. Work went by really slowly.

9:00 pm.

  • I was supposed to be tutoring this girl at 9 and she showed up with her boyfriend who said he had texted me asking if he could have help on his Spanish project too but I never got the message because I didn't have my phone

10:00 pm.

  • I rushed to the pantry at exactly 10 pm and grabbed my phone


I believe that I am definitely a nomophobiac.

  • I was originally going to try to go 60 hours without a phone
  • Then I decided to try 48 hours
  • After trying to get through the first day, I decided I could only make it 24 hours
  • I also gave up TV, Netflix, and social media
  • I was really anxious throughout the 24 hours I didn't have my phone
  • Not watching TV or Netflix before I go to bed was really difficult but I fell asleep a lot earlier than I usually do
  • I learned how dependent I was on my phone, not just for leisure but for basic everyday tasks


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