Some pointy-headed poindexter in Great Britain came up with this one, it’s called Nomophobia. Simply put it’s the fear of being without your mobile telephone for any length of time.
I apparently suffer from this disease. Although I’ll confess that when I first saw the term I assumed it applied to fantasy baseball managers thinking about drafting a certain (non) starting pitcher who’s attempting a comeback with the Kansas City Royals.
It actually had nothing to do with Hideo Nomo, so there’s still no word in the language to cover those fantasy sports sickos who will do anything to get a post draft bargain.
Nomo’s apparently hurt anyway with a pulled groin muscle that will keep him on the bench for a few weeks.
But I digress.
Here’s a snippet from the AFP about true nomophobia:
Some 58 percent of men and 48 percent of women panic when they hit a problem with their cellphone, while nine percent of people feel stressed when they turn their mobiles off, it said.
Pollsters YouGov, commissioned by the Post Office, questioned 2,163 people online earlier this month.
Stewart Fox-Mills, head of telephony at the Post Office, said “nomo-phobia” — which he used to mean a fear of being without a mobile phone — was “very real for many people in the UK”.