I learnt a new word last week. 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.”

Due to a technical problem with my thumbprint not amenable to be read for identification purposes for some applications, I had transferred my mobile phone number to my son as a temporary measure. Not needing to use that application anymore, I was getting quite frustrated with my name not being associated with my phone number in this highly interconnected world so dependent on internet for just about everything. Having recently acquired a brand new smart phone, I wanted my name back as the registered user of the number. I therefore applied for retransfer of the name to mine with the service provider and a new adventure started.

Let me not go into all the gory details but, suffice it to say that it was frustrating. My able secretary, my dear DIL also got frustrated as I was depending on her to get the mess sorted out.

Finally, after three weeks of toing and froing and innumerable telephone calls, complaints etc, the deed was done but, I was adviced that for 24 hours my connection would be disconnected to sort our their own internal problems. I agreed to that having no option but was not prepared for the connection getting disconnected for 72 hours! Immediately after the 24 hour period was over, I started enquiting about when the connection would be restored and after repeated phone calls and some threats to escalate the matter, the connection was finally restored.

During the 72 hours, those who wanted to contact me desperately, did on my landline as also I used the landline for outside calls. Since I had a WiFi connection at home other services like WhatsApp and Twitter worked and that helped keep my sanity. Particularly frustrating was my inability to use the OTP service for various online transaction during the three days. The saving grace however was the absence of promotion calls and SMS services though the same service was the reason for my not getting the OTPs.

This experience shared with a friend resulted in my getting to learn the new word “nomophobia”. No doubt that I suffer from it!

What a relief to get the connection back and great pleasure that the number is now registered in my name!

18 thoughts on “Nomophobia!”

  1. You should have enjoyed that time imagining yourself on a desert island. What bliss!

    No nomophobia for me since I don’t have a smart phone, not even a humble mobile of any description. Sat Nav? Nah. Give me a map and the opportunity to get lost in the woods in the middle of nowhere.

    A happy dinosaur’s greetings,

  2. The world is increasingly reliant on all of us being connected at all hours, in all locations, in every weather, no matter what.

    I’ve noticed, too, that my very elderly friends who don’t have an internet connection and rely wholy on their landlines are a very low priority to the telcos and wait weeks for their services to be repaired, resulting in our most vulnerable being extra vulnerable for long periods. Internet services are fxed much more quickly

  3. What Kylie says, it is a very real issue for elders who have no support and need help/emergency services. Landlines are a thing of the past truly and very few technicians can sort them out when they have problems.

    I count myself blessed being connected via android and have no landline (no TV cable for that matter either). So I am reachable and can reach out. Unless our cell towers are pulverized.


    1. I have both a landline connection which I prefer to use and the cellphone which I hardly use to call anyone but, in which I get messages and many calls from others with cellphones. It has been a revolution of sorts this cellphone phenomenon.

  4. No chance of my developing nomophobia as I don’t have a smart phone and don’t see any need for one. My landline serves me very well except for the daily cold calls that it seems impossible to get rid of.

  5. what a nightmare.
    no thank you.
    but I’m glad you and Manjiree have it sorted out finally and in your name.
    I still have a land line. and with any hope it will keep working!
    but as Nick says… it seems to be especially ridden with scam/spam calls.
    I just hang up. they’re part of the price we pay for living in today’s age I guess.

  6. what I don’t have nowadays is a wrist watch and therefore I rely on my phone when I’m out and about – also for another feature the alarm on the phone…but I do have landline, as I do have quite a number of people who have no mobile device, not even the internet/computer….

    what annoys me though is this idea, I must have it handy to me…and often I’m missing calls even at home, becaujse it’s in another room…
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    1. I still use a wrist watch when I go out as, at home, I have wall clocks all over the place. I am so used to looking at my wrist that I find taking the phone out of my pocket to check time tedious. I often miss calls on the mobile phone for being somewhere else while it rings but, since I can see missed call alerts, I call back and catch up.

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