It’s late at night and you just parked near your building.
It’s literally a three-minute walk from the parking area to your flat’s door, but there’s something uneasy about the darkness, the blinking street light, the cold silence.
You can suddenly feel an icy breeze through your hair, going all the way down to your ankles.
All of a sudden, the blowing wind and dancing movements of leaves create the strange intense feeling that you are being followed.
Your breathing speeds up.
Your heart starts to race.
Your muscles tighten.
Your skin crawls.
A split second later, you reach the building’s front door and the automated entrance light turns on.
You hesitate but turn around.
Apparently, all this time, there was nothing following you.
Puzzled, yet relieved, you feel your skin soften and your goosebumps fade.
You can finally breathe again.
They say fear is your body’s vital response to physical and emotional danger.
More specifically, an article by Psychologytoday.com explains that: “If people didn’t feel fear, they couldn’t protect themselves from legitimate threats, which in the ancestral world frequently resulted in life-or-death consequences.”
Fear can be triggered in different ways, and on many occasions, creates the most unusual long-term phobias that psychologists are still trying to get to the root of.
Like optophobia, for instance, is the fear of opening one’s eyes.
Yes, there are actually people who are scared of opening their own eyes. (Can’t really blame them if they watched Bird box recently though.)
Now, what if we told you that there are actually tech-related phobias?
Don’t laugh, we are serious!
Below we present some of the most unusual tech phobias, that apparently give many people the heebie-jeebies.
Are you ready for this?
Ever asked Siri a question while your grandma was there? Maybe even introduce her to a VR device?
That confused, scared, “what the hell”- look she gives you is priceless.
But were you ever frightened by the idea that technology might take over the world?
Many people find it so difficult to deal with new technology and gadgets and are actually scared of what they are capable of.
After all, we did make them so incredibly smart. Cars can actually drive themselves, smartphones can be assigned tasks, we even ask devices to control other devices on our behalf.
Ever thought what would happen if they decided to “rebel” since they’re smarter than most humans, or if there comes a point where they are smarter than all of us?
Psychologists describe people who are scared of these scenarios as “technophobes”.
This is more common with the older generation, since back in the day didn’t have all of this tech around, and others simply don’t trust technology enough.
If you have 1% of battery life and the first thing that pops into your head is “RUN TO THE CHARGER”, you probably have nomophobia.
If you are in public and you constantly check if your phone is in place, you are, again, a nomophobe.
Nomophobia (“nomo” is short for “no-mobile”) is the phobia which makes people panic and anxious when their phone isn’t available, or worse if it’s lost.
The term was created by YouGov, a UK research organization in 2008.
According to whatis.techtarget.com, researchers reported that 53% of mobile users felt nervous and anxious when they couldn’t use their mobile phones and over half of users never shut their phones off.
A cool way to test if you’re a nomophobe, is to give your phone to a friend, put it on silent, and then hide it somewhere in your house.
How long can you handle this for?
Moving on, the term “cyberphobia” was introduced in 1985 and refers to the irrational fear of computers (or working on a computer).
Just to clarify, people with cyberphobia don’t just see a computer and run for their lives. It’s a bit more complicated than that!
Cyberphobia can be triggered in different ways.
Have you ever tried teaching your parents how to use a smartphone?
If they get annoyed by the touchscreen and they give up halfway because the phone they’re used to has actual buttons, they probably have this phobia.
For some people, it’s the inability to learn about new technologies.
They get anxiety when they can’t follow up with technology, and they prefer to live without it because it’s frustrating.
Others who suffer from cyberphobia, believe that computers and digital technology are just intrusive surveillance devices that were created to spy on their every move.
Another way people may experience cyberphobia is when they feel like they’re going to lose control and the new technology will affect their status in life.
Telephonobia isn’t exactly what it seems.
People who suffer from this basically have a fear of answering or receiving calls.
Similar to glossophobia (the fear of public speaking), people might get hyperventilation or panic attacks when their phone rings.
Dr Marla Deibler, psychologist and executive director at The Center of Emotional Health Philadelphia, says that this may be better described as social anxiety disorder since it is typically related to a fear of being criticized or appearing foolish.
If I had a penny for every time I went out (literally anywhere) and heard people say “let’s take a selfie”…
Let’s just say I’d probably be on my own yacht right now somewhere in the Caribbean with a cosmopolitan in my hand.
But, apparently, some people suffer from selfiephobia.
It has not been verified by professionals (yet), but it has been a viral internet term.
People have this phobia for different reasons. Some think that they are not photogenic enough, while others fear that it will be seen as a cry for attention or a superficial act.
Loremophobia is the fear of misplacing or losing the TV’s remote control.
Once upon a time, we used to only have one remote control for the TV.
So the “horror” of losing it, was a big deal in a household.
Today, we have one remote for the TV, another one for the sound system, the DVD player, the streaming device’s one, etc. You can even have a remote on your phone as an app if you have a smart TV.
For most older people, however, TV is their company. It’s their connection to an outside world that is sometimes harder to visit than it used to be. And not all of them have access to any other type of tech.
Therefore, if you or someone you know suffers from this phobia, we suggest the below!
It’s kinda weird and ridiculous if you think about how many websites you signed up for over the years know the name of your first pet, your first boyfriend/girlfriend’s, or where your first nursery was.
The tragic part is when you, yourself, can’t remember the right answers!
Foransequephobia is the fear of forgetting the answer to your secret question, if (God forbid) you forget your password.
Now, we do appreciate that websites try to protect our profiles and private information, but come on, who even thinks of these questions in the first place?!
Don’t deny it, most of us take our phones with us when we go to the bathroom.
It’s only natural (no pun intended), that you need something to “occupy” you while you’re in there minding your own business.
Now, drosmartoiphobia is the fear of dropping your phone…in the toilet.
Smartphones come at a price nowadays, and if your phone slips down the toilet, it feels like your life slips down with it.
If the thought of your phone slipping causes you anxiety or even panic, you have drosmartoiphobia, and we suggest that you stick to the shampoo bottle’s labels instead of taking your phone in there with you!
You are at a cafeteria about to order a nice warm cappuccino.
You’ll be there for a while since your friends are on their way.
Reaching your roaming data’s limit, you ask for the WiFi password, ready to type it into your phone.
“The WiFi is down today”.
You just can’t believe the barista’s response.
You zone-out. (Like in a movie.)
Cold sweat runs down your forehead.
The queue overhears and starts panicking.
People scream, children cry, dogs bark across the street, cars stop.
Disturbed’s “The Sound of Silence” starts playing in the background.
You are slowly coming to your senses, clearly, this whole disruption was in your head.
“Sorry” the barista adds with a shrug.
You take your coffee, sit outside waiting for your friends for what seems to be the longest 10 minutes in the history of the world.
Does the above sound familiar? Have you ever panicked if you had no access to the internet?
Could sound silly to some, but many people get an actual anxiety attack when this happens.
If you can relate to the above story, you probably have nointernetophobia; the fear of not having internet access!
Now, we know what you’re thinking.
Trypophobia is an aversion to the sight of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. So basically, it has nothing to do with technology… Until the new iPhone 11 came out.
The internet has been on fire since the new iPhone’s presentation, according to Buzzfeed News.
Below you can see some of the many people’s Tweets about the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max. There’s even a Facebook support group if you do have trypophobia.
WARNING: IF YOU HAVE TRYPOPHOBIA STOP SCROLLING. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! THANK YOU AND SORRY!
The triple camera is the key selling feature of the new iPhone11, it’s also what makes it an ugly, trypophobia triggering design.😰 Is the photography tech worth the style sacrifice? 📱#apple #iphone #iphone11 #ios #technology #mobile #trypophobiahttps://t.co/7gmqfvpPaT— Twilo Creative (@twilocreative) September 16, 2019
It looks like you’ve made it to the end of the article.
Congrats fearless reader!
Although phobias are never fun for the person having them, maybe after reading this you realized you’re not alone. Especially if you didn’t know your phobia had a name!
Regardless, there are always ways to get over your fears if you want to, and several articles online can help you do just that.
And just like Dorothy Thompson once said: “Only when we are no longer afraid, do we begin to live.”