Monday, June 13, 2022

What are Phobias?


    “A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal,” (NHS, 2021). A phobia is more prominent than fear because most phobias are unrealistic and exaggerated situations and their sense of danger. Some phobias that are rare are nomophobia, which is the fear of being without your cellular device or xanthophobia, which is the fear of the color yellow. Nomophobia is considered rare, but with the newfound technology world that we currently live in, it is becoming a more common phobia. 

    The video was taken in 2013 and it was reported that millions of people in the United Kingdom had a fear of missing out from their phone. This fear transferred towards anxiety and disconnecting from their loved ones around them. Today, nomophobia is more than likely common because our new world is at a disconnect with each other. Rather people are attached to an inanimate object that holds their lives and forget to live in the present. 

(See video below)


NHS. (2021). Overview - Phobias. NHS. Retrieved from,about%20a%20situation%20or%20object.  

English, A. (2013). Mobile phone anxiety survey says 'nomophobia' on the rise. Youtube. 


  1. I wrote about phobias as well. FOMO for phones is crazy nowadays. It has been for a while, but I know more people now than I did even 2 years ago that would absolutely need some sort of therapy if their phone was lost and they couldn't get a new one right away.

  2. I love talking about phobias because everyone has one. I never realized that nomophobia was a thing! It was interesting to learn about the fact you talked about regarding people in the United Kingdom. One of my own phobias is that I am afraid of cats. I know a few friends of mine also have the same severe phobia. Great post.

  3. I never knew nomophobia was a thing! It makes a lot of sense because everything is done through our phones. I truly wonder what life was like without phones because they are everywhere. It would be interesting to see how long someone could last without their phone. Great post, it was really interesting!

  4. When you think about it, we never had experience with this phobia until late 80's and earl 90's. Since phones weren't a common thing back in the day, this phobia never existed. Of course there are phobias about being alone, but never about being without your phone. I hate to admit it, but losing my phone scares me. It's the way that we connect to the world and losing that connection can lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression. Call me a millennial, but losing my phone would hurt me greatly. Hreat post though! Keep it up.