Hi, my name is Jim, and I\u2019m a\u00a0nomophobe. And I\u2019m OK with that\u2014for now.\n\t\tNomophobia\u2014\u201cno mobile phone phobia\u201d\u2014is\u00a0the\u00a0fear of being without\u00a0a\u00a0mobile phone. The term\u00a0goes back to 2008, when the U.K. Post Office commissioned a study to examine anxieties caused by the lack of mobile phones.\u00a0The study\u00a0found that\u00a053\u00a0percent, or more than half,\u00a0of the\u00a0respondents\u00a0suffered from\u00a0nomophobia. A more recent\u00a0study\u00a0found\u00a0two-thirds of survey respondents in the U.K. exhibited symptons of\u00a0nomophobia.\u00a0\n\t\t(Image from TheVine.com.au)\n\t\tInevitably,\u00a0a recovery center in Southern California,\u00a0Morningside Recovery Center, formed what is\u00a0said to be the first\u00a0nomophobia\u00a0recovery group.\u00a0Back on the other side of the pond, the Westin Dublin hotel in Ireland now offers a "digital detox" package. Upon check-in, guests voluntarily surrender their electronic devices for storage in the hotel safe and receive a detox kit that includes\u2014I\u2019m not making this up\u2014a tree-planting kit, according to\u00a0CNN.\u00a0\n\t\tSo how do you know if you have\u00a0nomophobia? According to the experts, here are a few telltale signs:\n\t\t\n\t\t\tPanic or anxiety when you don\u2019t have your phone or it won\u2019t work (because the battery is dead or some other drama, a.k.a. Hurricane Sandy);\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tYou have more than one mobile phone;\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tYou compulsively check messages and battery life;\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tYou can\u2019t stop using the phone, even when it\u2019s not appropriate (such as in a theater watching a movie or live performance);\u00a0\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tThe phone becomes an issue in your relationships or hinders your work, education, or other goals.\n\t\n\t\tA recent\u00a0KNBC report\u00a0profiled\u00a0a woman with\u00a0three mobile phones who carries two chargers everywhere. According to KNBC,\u00a0the woman\u00a0even takes a phone with her into the shower.\n\t\tClearly,\u00a0nomophobia\u00a0is becoming\u00a0a marketing catchphrase and budding media trend. And yet,\u00a0I admit I feel a twinge of\u00a0separation anxiety\u00a0whenever I leave the house, get halfway to my destination, and realize I\u2019ve left my\u00a0smartphone\u00a0at home.\u00a0That\u00a0almost never happens\u00a0anymore, and I supposed that\u00a0says something, too. Before leaving home, I pat\u00a0my pockets\u00a0habitually\u00a0to check for my phone.\u00a0\n\t\tI also have two smartphones\u2014an Android and an iPhone. (I only have two phones so I can review\u00a0both Android and iOS\u00a0apps for this blog. Honest!)\u00a0\n\t\tSo is anyone who owns multiple electronic devices and uses them a lot nomophobic? It depends.\n\t\tA smartphone or tablet is an expensive piece of equipment that, if lost or stolen, someone can use to make purchases you didn\u2019t authorize. Anxiety about being without your smartphone, therefore, doesn\u2019t automatically mean you\u2019re nomophobic; it means you don\u2019t want to lose money. Or as they sometimes say in the field of psychology, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.\n\t\tFor me, vacations are the real test of nomophobia. When I take time off, I use my smartphone or tablet to learn about the place I\u2019m visiting, make reservations and such. In other words, I only use my devices to enhance my vacation.\n\t\tWith the holidays coming up, many of us will be taking time off. It could be a good opportunity to see if you have nomophobia. I plan to go off the grid for at least a few days during the holidays. But that\u2019s because I\u2019m expecting to unwrap a Kindle Paperwhite and a Blu-ray player.\n\t\tDo you have nomophobia? If so, was there a specific moment when you realized you're afflicted?