Mobile addiction responds to a type of addiction associated with a device. This non-toxic addiction falls within the addictions of behavior in which an uncontrollable vice develops. Sometimes, not carrying or not having access to the mobile phone, involves symptoms of bad feeling, anxiety and even disorders, also known as nomophobia.


Nomophobia is the irrational and uncontrollable fear of leaving home without a mobile phone.

Nomophobia is an abbreviation of an Anglo-Saxon term: ‘no-mobile-phone phobia’, and was created when developing a study aimed at assessing the anxiety suffered by mobile phone users.

This pathology is a disorder that suffers, without being aware, more than half of the population. According to statistics, smartphone users check their phones an average of 34 times a day.



    As for the most descriptive symptoms of this disorder, it is worth mentioning:

    • Feeling anxious
    • Tachycardia
    • Obsessive thoughts
    • Headache
    • Stomach ache
    Síntomas de la adicción al móvil

    Experts consider that the nomophobic is an insecure person with low self-esteem. Women tend to suffer from it in a greater proportion than men, since their brain structure provides them with a greater need for communication and affective. Regarding age, the sector most prone to suffer from it is that of adolescents.


    The study revealed that almost 53% of mobile phone users in the UK suffered from anxiety when losing their mobile, running out of battery or credit, or having no network coverage.

    According to other conclusions of the study, approximately 58% of men and 48% of women suffered from this type of phobia, while an additional 9% manifested stress when their mobiles were off. In this sense, the proven levels of stress of a person with nomophobia are comparable with the nerves that are had the day before the wedding or the visit to the dentist.

    Of the users surveyed, 55% said that the disorder suffered was motivated by the fact of feeling isolated from possible calls or messages from family and friends, while 10% considered that the reason was attributable to the fact that their work required them to be permanently connected.

    Nomophobia is a disorder that suffers, without being conscious, more than half of the population. According to statistics, smartphone users check their phones an average of 34 times a day.

    Dr. Josep M. Fàbregas


    Josep Mª Fàbregas Pedrell is currently a specialist in addictions and psychiatrist director of the CITA Clinic for addictions and mental health, made up of the CITA Fundación, CITA Clínica, and CITA Young therapeutic centers.

    He started his professional career at the Marmottande Paris Hospital, where he works with Professor Claude Olievenstein.

    Later he moved to New York and, after several years of professional experience, in 1981 he founded CITA (Center for Research and Treatment of Addictions) with the aim of developing a model of professional therapeutic community, which has been in operation for 32 years. .