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nomophobia

Nomophobia is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power.

A phobia is by definition an irrational fear. In the case of nomophobia, the events that the user fears are not terribly unlikely, so that part of it isn't irrational. What is irrational is the degree of discomfort the users feel at the thought of being, in effect, separated from their smartphones. 

The word nomophobia is a portmanteau made up of no + mobile + phone + phobia. The term was created by YouGov, a research organization based in the United Kingdom. In a 2008 study, researchers reported that 53% of mobile users felt anxious when they were unable to use their mobile phones and over half of users never shut their phones off. Subsequent studies have found that the numbers have increased since then.

This was last updated in September 2013

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Sadly, whoever invented this neologism was not well educated, because the word nomophobia already existed, from classical origins, meaning "a fear of the law or of rules". It derived from Greek (as all such phobias, manias, philias, etc. are supposed to), nomos, a law, rule or regulation. It exists in such words as astronomy (rules about the stars), gastronomy (rules about food and eating), autonomy (ruling oneself), economy (rules governing the finances of a state or a household), antinomy (a law which is contrary to another law), metronome (a device to regulate metre or beat), nomocracy (the rule of law in a society), nomography (expression of the law in written form), nomology (the science of law), nomothete (a lawgiver).
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So a mistake was made. No need to insult anyone. Chances are he's more educated than you. Get your facts right before you make a move.
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I have "got my facts right". And you have no basis for your defensive "chances are he's more educated than you". Having been a lecturer in English, drama and psychology at university, and a regular correspondent with the Board of Editors of the Oxford English Dictionary since the early 1980s, I would suggest that in this area I AM "more educated". Yes, "a mistake was made", and I corrected it. That does not constitute an "insult". Your defensiveness, especially on behalf of an anonymous third party, is very telling. I suspect that it is you who likes to insult.
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A word of advice: don't introduce an idea by calling somebody uneducated. Although you may have not been purposefully insulting him, it comes off as extremely condescending. You could've just started by saying that the word nomophobia was already established and had its roots from ancient Greece, but throwing in this portion at the beginning makes most people not want to take you seriously. Most people hate it when others act as though they're better than everyone else. I think this is why the other guy lashed out at you.
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Arrogance often is seen in the highly educated. They know everything and us of average education know nothing. Yes, for a person to make your statement "Sadly, whoever invented this neologism was not well educated" is arrogant and showing off their education.
Of course, I didn't research my first statement. However, you did insult someone and are oblivious to the fact because of your extremely high education level... In other words, in the clouds. And I don't mean cloud computing.
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Nomophobia is not same as Nomosphobia. 
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Yes, correct the highly intelligent person! Thank you, I learned two new words today and I am reminded me of average intelligence, that a single letter can make a very different word.
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