Is there such a person who is afraid of technology? The answer is YES!
As crazy as it may sound like, there are groups of people with phobias on technology. This article will introduce you to the common ones and who knows, you may be the one of those experiencing it.
First, let us discuss what phobia is all about. 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 terribly afraid of an object or situation, in which others are not capable of feeling the fear at all.
Common phobias are arachnophobias (spider), social phobia (fear of being in places with lots of people), agoraphobia (open spaces), claustrophobia (confined or closed spaces), and aero phobia (flying), among others. The list goes on and at times, it gets weirder like fear of trains or siderodromophobia.
Psychiatrists presented that phobias develop between the 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 an exaggerated fear once confronted with the object or situation. Clinical manifestations would lean on the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system presenting increase in heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, dilation of pupils, perspiration, feelings of having butterflies in the stomach, nausea, vomiting, and syncope.
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 efficiently 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, there are certain groups of people that don’t like the idea of technology in their lives. Let’s try to know some of these phobic reactions.
1. Technophobia – Basically, this is the umbrella of several other fears that relate to technology. It’s the irrational fear of technology and the advancement it presents. Persons who experience such fear are called technophobes.
2. Nomophobia – 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 this group of people, it’s all fear of facing the computer. 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. Then 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 people who are not keen in taking their own “selfies”. This can be linked to low self-esteem, feeling non photogenic, or simply, they don’t want to be criticized or praised once their photos are seen by the public – that’s selfiephobia.
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?
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.