Phobia – the clinical term for strong psychological or anxiety disorders pertaining to particular things – has traditionally been related more often to bugs, spiders, snakes and physical dimensions. But now, it’s about technology too.
Technology-induced phobias are creeping in faster than you can actually imagine, robbing people of all sleep and peace at times. Although they sound trivial, they do exist and are causing some serious health damage around. Let’s look at some.
Technophobia: OMG, it’s Technology out there!
It had all started with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. What would technology probably bring in? Will it eventually eat up the human race? Riddled with questions such, there were people of those times, ready with arguments against why technology is so bad. In other words, they feared technology and of its then unknown after-effect. Technophobic, they were. And the evolution is still on.
Here’s what technophobia later gave birth to –
Cyberphobia: Can’t we do without a computer?
Cyberphobics stay away from computers. The daily working on it or browsing and surfing the Internet, or even playing the simplest of games that you so much enjoy, is a thing of fear for them. Sounds irrational, but it happens. Such people believe computers will kill them one day and are the most commonly found leading those anti-technology protests. How I wish they knew they are not well.
Nomophobia: Where’s my mobile?
Nomophobia is No Mobile Phobia in short and occurs amongst most cell phone addicts when they find themselves away from their phones. The panic attack can be out of getting cut off from contact, of losing important numbers, or simply of losing the phone. There’s a bit of a nomophobic in everyone of us. But, if the cases are extreme, medical help should be sought ASAP.
Telephonophobia: To answer or not to?
People suffering from Telephonophobia are scared of phone call. Yes, you heard it right – phone calls. They suffer from immediate panic attacks or even hyperventilation as soon as a number runs on the phone screen, especially if the number is from an unknown caller. It is an offspring of a more complex glossophobia, the fear of speaking in public. But, more than just phone call answering, Telephonophobia is actually about the fear of creating the wrong impression in society.
Selfiephobia: Could you please disable the camera?
It’s pretty new, just like the word selfie. The term isn’t official, although the Internet is already talking about it on full swing. It’s the fear of clicking selfies or photos of oneself. The causes of the phobia are manifold. For some, taking a selfie is a stupid thing to do, almost like attention-grabbing. For others, it’s a photogenicity issue. Sometimes, it’s also due to Technophobia.
Expiraphobia: Did the time period just expire?
This one is weird. It’s about how obsessed a domain owner can be with his domain. This appeal is so strong that the owner keeps on brooding over the renewal of the domain day in and day out, lest someone else should walk away with it.
Loremophobia: How will I watch the idiot box now?
It’s the fear of losing the TV remote and much like Nomophobia, it circulates around the fear of missing out on connectivity and information updates, and sometimes, programs too.
Drosmartoiphobia: Did I drop my phone somewhere?
It’s a branch off from Nomophobia. If you are constantly worried about dropping your smartphone in the toilet, you are out and out Drosmartoiphobic.
Biemusgetosmartphobia: Baby, baby, baby, o nah…
Last, and the most epic, Biemusgetosmartphobia is hilariously about Justin Bieber music gripping onto your phone music player. It’s horror enough to give you sleepless nights and nightmares.
I’ve suddenly realized how Biemusgetosmartphobic I am. And there’s more coming perhaps.