Is there such a person who is afraid of technology? The answer is YES!
As crazy it may sound like, there is a group of phobias on technology. This article will introduce you to the common ones and who knows, you may be one experiencing it.
What are phobias?
“An individual’s world gets smaller each time they give into a fear,” – counselor Monte Drenner
First let us discuss what is phobia. Phobia is an irrational fear of objects or situations that is experienced by some individuals. The phrase irrational fear is an important consideration because this will distinguish the fact that some persons are terrible afraid of an object or situation, in which other persons are not capable of feeling fear at all. Common phobias that arachnophobias (spider), social phobia (fear of being in places with lots of people), agoraphobia (open spaces), claustrophobia (confined or closed spaces), aerophobia (flying). The list can go on and at times gets weirder, like fear of trains or siderodromophobia.
Psychiatrists presented that phobias developed between ages of 4-8 years old. This is the time where discipline takes the form of scaring and being exposed to unpleasant experiences. Individuals who suffer from great phobias would feel an overwhelming sensation or exaggerated fear once confronted with the object or situation. Clinical manifestations would lean on the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system presenting increased in heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, dilation of pupils and perspiration, feelings of having butterflies in the stomach, nausea, vomiting, and syncope. “Fear, or getting scared, is an emotion that’s part of our biology as human beings, just like other emotions such as sadness, joy and anger. It serves a purpose that’s crucial to our ability to survive,” says Steve Orma, PsyD, a clinical psychologist.
Now, with the advances of technology in all aspects of our daily living, we feel that life is getting better and easier because we can communicate easily with the use of our mobile phones and internet connection. Advances in science, medicine, and information technology are also beneficial towards diagnosing and treating medical conditions. With all the advantages that technology provides us, there are certain groups of persons that do not like the idea of technology in their lives. Let’s try to know some of these phobic reactions.
- Technophobia – basically, this is the umbrella of several other fears that relates to technology. It’s the irrational fear of technology and the advances it presents. Persons who experience such fear are called technophobes.
2. Nomophobia – this person does not like technology. Rather, they have this fear of not having their mobile device with them or being disconnected from communicating, internet usage, gaming, or anything that they do with their mobile phones. How much more if they lose it? Go figure.
3. Cyberphobia – some say that a lot can take place when you are in front of computers. For these group of people, it’s all fear of facing it. It is also known as logizomechanophobia.
4. Telephonophobia – fear of telephones. Now you have an idea on how they prefer to communicate. Try snail mail perhaps. The again, these certain individuals are not literally afraid of telephones, but the thought of answering and receiving calls is the main cause of fear.
5. Selfiephobia – although it is now easier to take a photo of yourself with the use of your mobile devices, there are still group persons who are not keen in taking their own “selfies”. This can be linked to low self-esteem, feeling unphotogenic, or simply does not want to be criticized or praised once their photos are seen by the public.
6. Loremophobia – with everything now that is electronic, I guess this one fits my description. This is the fear of losing the remote control. Come to think of it, how can you possibly control an equipment or appliance without a remote?
“Nervousness, anger, oppositional defiance, and lowered frustration tolerance all indicate the psychological effects that can occur from prolonged screen use.” Jyothsna Bhat, PsyD said. I am guessing that as technology continues to progress and expand, there will be more forms of phobias that will develop among individuals who don’t submit to the idea on the role of technology play in their lives. The list can still increase.