Newspapers are out! Mobile devices are in! Do you ever bring your mobile device into the toilet, washroom, bathroom, water closet, loo, latrine, restroom, lavatory, the john, your “office”, the “facility”, the crapper… whoa, I deviate!
(As an aside, Thomas Crapper did exist and was a plumber, but he did not invent the the flush toilet. That myth is busted.)
Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact (No–mobile-phone phobia). Over 50% of 2,000 people surveyed in a UK study admitted to having this phobia. I would call it more of an anxiety and not so much a phobia.
People now fear running out of battery power, losing reception, and losing sight of the phone. They obsessively check for missed calls, emails and text messages. They are even unable to go to the bathroom without taking their phone with them.
People check their phones on average 34 times a day and supposedly 75% of us use the phone in the bathroom.
Do you ever turn off your mobile device?