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Oh No......I left My Cell Phone At Home

Updated on March 17, 2015


Nomophobia refers to a psychological syndrome where a person is afraid of being out of mobile phone contact. It is coined from a term "no-mobile-phone-phobia. So now that there's a name for it let's delve into this from a purely lighthearted point of view.

Pardon me I have to get this

"Pardon me I have to get this," those are the words we use to hear at home or at the desk in an office. Now we hear them, at the dinner table, a restaurant, a party, and yes even at the theater, pretty much anywhere people can talk. I have even seen them, (blue tooth enabled), at religious meetings. Nowhere is sacred! "Riiing, riiing"....Sorry I have to get that.................Sorry about that, now where was I? Oh yes, it seems that we can't get away from our phones, no matter where we are. Leaving them at home is almost a cardinal sin.

For some of us, our phone is our lifeline to the world. Face to face conversation appear to be less and less desired, as the technological age progresses. For instance if we are out with friends, and our phone rings, we will take the call and carry on a conversation with the one on the phone, and virtually ignore the person we're with. " Riiing, riiing,"......Oh there it goes again, be with you in a moment...........Back to what I was saying, and we don't think it's rude to ignore the person we're with, and give all the attention to the caller.

Is it just me, or have you ever wondered what we did when we could only talk on the phone to our friends, associates and even bill collectors, when we were at home? I use to look forward to the time when I could be away from home and the phone. Now if I leave my phone at home, I'm in a panic. What if my daughter calls about the old song on the radio, that she needs to know the title and artist. Maybe my son will call about, what to take out for dinner (he cooks), or my friend will call just to tell me about her day. What in the world will I do if I missed those calls while I was out? You just know those things couldn't wait until I got home, and they had to be addressed, right then. " Riiing, riiing,".......pardon me I have to get this.

My first cell phone

My first cell phone was the old brick phone. I bought it in 1988, because I was self-employed, and needed to keep in touch with my office. I was never comfortable with using it in public, although to some, they felt, it made you look important. To me, it made you look silly, holding that, what looked like a literal brick, up to your ear was not my idea of impressive. When my phone would ring, (I had to answer it), I'd hide behind a wall, tree, or anything that I could find, come to think of it that looked silly too. I was really glad when they shrunk the phones.

It appears that when they come out with something new it looks strange and takes some getting use to. A case in point the Bluetooth earpiece. I tell you I can't get use to that either, it looks like something from a futuristic movie, (a space alien if you will), there again, to some it is impressive, but again not to me. "Riiing, riiing,".......oops, gotta get this. Oh my, what if I had left my cell phone at home this time, I would have missed the cute little gem that my granddaughter just said.

What would we do

What would we do if we left our cell phones at home, and was unreachable. Oh, I don't know, you think, maybe wait until we get home. Bite your tongue, shame on you for thinking such a thing. Isn't that the sentiment most would have, or at least that is the implication of always having the cell phones with us.

I was trying to reach a friend the other day, by calling her cell phone, during the time she was on her way to work, and while she was at work, (now wait a minute, it was important, yeah, right, I needed to ask her opinion on something), and I couldn't reach her, and I nearly panicked. When I did reach her she said, now get this, that she nearly panicked too, because, she had left her cell phone at home. She said that she was about a mile from home and toyed with the idea of going back home to get it, but didn't, and all day she felt lost without it. Mind you, she has a phone at her desk, but that just goes to show how attached we are to those "little beasts."

Oh, don't get me started on all the new communication gadgets, the BlackBerry, iphone. Just think about it, we've nearly dispensed with face to face conversation, now if we don't want to hear voices at all, we just text, no need to listen to that "annoying sound coming out of someones mouth." It's unfathomable, to think what comes next. Oh, don't get me wrong, I love the cell phone as much as the next person, but I do miss a good ole face to face with no interruptions from the little, dare I say, "beast."

"Riiing, riiing,"........No, I'm not getting that this time, I'm going to finish what I started. Oh, that felt good, must try it more often, or maybe not. Now where was I, oh yeah, face to face conversations use to be fun, for those of you who haven't tried it in awhile, give it a go. Just in case you've forgotten, here's how it goes. Sit down with a friend, turn off the cell phone, look your friend in the face and go at it. I guarantee it will be fun, unless, unless, they're boring, in which case, ease your hand, (while still looking the person in the face, and feigning interest), on the "on" button and just wait, it will all be over soon. So what have I proven, not much of anything, maybe just that we are living in a new age, a new technological age, that takes some getting use to.

So, the next time you say "oh no, I left my cell phone at home," don't panic, you could be starting something new for yourself, or not. Oh, just go back and get it. You won't feel whole without it. I know I've been there.

Serious note

Let's dispense with all the frivolity and be serious. I highly recommend carrying a cell phone at all times, especially women. I'm sure many lives have been saved, due to having a cell phone. I know mothers of small children are relieved to know that at their fingertips, there's instant access to their young ones. So, seriously, the next time you say "oh no, I left my cell phone at home," turn right around and get it. However, be sure to use it wisely, don't use it while driving, and by all means be courteous to the one you're with.


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    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Just think jcm-blabs, when I wrote this articles two years ago, texting wasn't as popular. It's so new that when you spell the word with ing, the Internet indicates that it's spelled wrong. But now that's all you see, all ages, races, sexes, absolutely out of control. Sad to say that is a can of worms that's gotten out of the can never to return. Anyway, thank you so much for stopping, please come back.

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      6 years ago from My Bunker in the Midwest

      I loved this hub, Freta! Not to mention how kids in school don't pass paper notes anymore, but rather text each other. I feel sorry for the teachers whose lessons are disturbed by that.

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      This just makes you wonder, what did would we do without these blasted things. Thanks A M, for stopping and leaving this comment, see you again soon.

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      A M Lehrer 

      6 years ago from Southern United States

      That is great & so true! I have forgotten mine before and when I finally retrieved it I found that I didn't even have a message! No one called. I was fine without it & so was every one else but we have gotten into this habit of needing people instantly. I know someone that calls my house & I won't be able to answer for whatever reason and right after she leaves a message she calls my cell phone. You would think it's an emergency but it never is!

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Jennshealthstore for the validation. I remember the days of the beepers. Thanks for stopping, please come back.

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      8 years ago from Florida

      This is so true. I actually panic if I do not have my cell phone with me. It is crazy. We are all obsessed. What did we do 15 years ago when we had no phones? Well in my generation growing up, we had beepers. Could not leave home without my beeper. Then when you got a beep, you would need to run home or to the nearest pay phone to call the person back. I enjoyed this hub. Thanks.

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you kims3003 for the compliment, and thanks for stopping, will see you later.

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      8 years ago

      Great article!!! Wonderful writing style A++!!

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      I love it. This is so cool. I pick Monday, maybe the first Monday of every month. LOL! I am going to link your hub to mine in the hub, of course if you don't mind.

    • CANDLE profile image


      8 years ago

      Excellent hub on "Cell Phone Etiquette", shall we say.

      Let's start a "Revolution". "Leave your cell phone at home day". I'll leave it up to you Fastfreta to pick the day (which day of the week suits you best?). In homage to your article, we will proclaim it to be "Fastfreta Day". What do you think?

      Imagine this quiz on "Who needs to be a zillionaire":

      "Fastfreta Day" refers to:

      a) Take your daughter to work.

      b) Take your son to work.

      c) Leave your cell phone at home.

      d) None of the above.

      What's the answer to that quiz, Fastfreta?

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks ameliehub for the comment. I just posted the hub. I see we are in total agreement.

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      9 years ago from UK

      Very true fastfreta. We have got just so much addictive to our cell phones that we can't live without it even for 2 mins. All we know how harmful it could be to talk for more than 1 hr daily on our dear cell phones but we can't resist it.


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