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Can't be away from your phone? You may have nomophobia


Do you suffer from nomophobia? It's a fear of being disconnected from your cell phone.

For some people it's scarier than a horror movie, and they'd rather give up coffee, alcohol, even their significant other, than give up their phone.

A study by Virgin Mobile and Wakefield Research found that it's pretty difficult to put down our phones.

FOX 10 hit the streets to see if people in the valley suffer from nomophobia.

Amber Smith cannot survive without her cell phone.

"it's glued to my hand right now, like when you walked in," said Smith.

She's a busy business women and needs to be in touch at all hours of the day and night.

"It's the fear of missing a call, it's the fear of not being in contact with someone. It's the fear of what if someone calls, what if someone needs me," said Smith.

She has nomophobia: a fear of being disconnected from your mobile phone.

Smith's not alone. 73 percent of people have this phobia.

"I'm sure I have it. I mean, I have a subconscious tendency to always want to check my phone, even if it has only been an hour," said Jennifer Fitchez.

29 percent of people haven't gone longer than an hour without checking their phone and 56 percent say they haven't gone longer than three hours.

"I went for a walk yesterday with my husband and our dogs and I didn't take the phone. I felt a little uneasy, I just need to relax," said Marsha Anderson.

Anderson can go on vacation and not bring her cell phone with her.

"I was okay," said Anderson.

It even spreads into the bedroom.

When it comes to sex, according to the survey, one in five women say they would give up sex for a month rather than give up their cell phones.

"I would take my cell phone. I hate to say this on TV, but you can get sex anytime, but it's hard to replace your contacts," said Smith.

Men were not as willing. The majority would rather have sex then a cell phone.

58 percent of people with nomophobia use their phone in the bathroom.

"I can hear that every day at work," said La Prarie. "Leave it in your pocket or at your desk."

A lot of the people FOX 10 talked to said they suffer from nomophobia and their phone takes priority over a lot of things, but putting the phone down can be a tough habit to break.

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