Telephobia is the fear and avoidance of phone conversations, and it’s common among people with anxiety. A survey of office workers found that three-quarters of millennials have anxious thoughts when their phones ring. For three of every five millennials, these anxious thoughts cause them to completely avoid phone calls. Interestingly, in recent years we have also seen anxiety, depression and loneliness increase in this age group. Experts think that despite their worries, talking on the phone can actually improve their mental health. They contend that calling someone you feel close to and engaging in meaningful conversations over the phone can alleviate loneliness and help young people reconnect with others.