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Five phobias generated by Technology



Cameras on smartphones are becoming more and more, and some models may one appearance to cause Trypophobia a panic attack. Joke. However, technology has indeed become a source of new concern. Fear of darkness and spiders? Forget - today it is accepted to be nervous for other reasons. We talk about the most popular fears generated by technology.

phobias generated by Technology

The more information we absorb, the more around the unknown. Every day there are new gadgets, all kinds of programs and applications. Computerization and automation in all spheres. And diseases go hand in hand with the progress and development of mankind.

Example. Do you know the word "aviophobia"? For certain. But it appeared relatively recently - with the spread of passenger flights. Hardly a 15th-century serf was afraid to fly a plane, right? But I bet that the existence of nomophobia, cyberphobia and other techno-diseases you have not heard. And every second is subject to them today. But not everyone knows about the scientific side of the issue. After all, these modern and seemingly quite familiar "every day" fears have already been classified and described by psychologists.


We talk about the "tech" phobias and specify what is the probability that you suffer from them — just do not know about it yet. Spoiler alert: almost 100%.



It is the fear of losing the cell phone, forget it at home or the time to discharge the battery — in short, for whatever reason, to remain without a gadget. Not surprisingly, the phobia swept a bunch of people: the smartphone has long become an indispensable tool for the organization of daily life. At the same time in everything you need to know the measure: sometimes a person literally grows to his device. The Psychology Today website published disappointing statistics, according to which two out of three sleep near their devices and more than half never turn them off.


You know yourself? Then you, too, NOMOPHOBIA - as well as 53% of mobile users.

phobias generated by Technology

But if you find yourself in this disease, do not panic. Experts advise: it is necessary to monitor the amount of time spent with the phone and try to be in the company of live interlocutors. Well, more often to be alone with their thoughts. Honored Professor of behavioral addiction mark Griffiths offers daily refrain from checking your gadget for a few hours. You can also limit the time of use of social networks and to the maximum disable notifications — this behavior even resulted in a separate trend.


Another common disease caused by progress. It is expressed in fear of technology and all sorts of innovations. More people suffer from this than you think: for example, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and bill gates have repeatedly voiced their concerns about artificial intelligence. They say, an invention that is smarter than man, will inevitably direct its power against the Creator. A large layer of anxiety associated with technophobia, you have to fear to lose your job, because in the long term employee can easily be replaced by a robot.

phobias generated by Technology

What if such fear overcomes you? First of all, remember that with the disappearance of some needs in society there are others. 20 years ago, no one had any idea who SMM-crates were. And now no celebrity or a more or less successful enterprise can do without them. And bloggers?


Technophobia is very common among our grandparents.

They can not understand the phone or computer, do not understand many innovations — because of the fears in their heads. Therefore, older people prefer to use the usual phone, and not to puzzle over the touchscreen and"Android". For them, it is better to defend the kilometer queue at the cash Desk of the Bank than to cope with the withdrawal of cash at the ATM.


And this is one of the subtypes of technophobia. Not the fear of the phone in the literal sense, but the fear of taking calls and answering them. Apparently, under the pressure of crowds of telephonophobia our communication is gradually transformed into messengers: the message can be answered at any time, and the annoying call won't disturb.

phobias generated by Technology

It may seem that it's a disorder peculiar to the young — that they occupied all the "WASAPI" and "telegram". And getting millennial to answer the phone is a feat. No wonder the Western media write columns like " why teenagers don't talk on the phone." Psychologist Selena snow believes that this behavior is caused by more comfortable for telephonophobia ways of communication:


Young people have some coping mechanisms and compensatory strategies, such as text messages, that can hide phobia in a way that is not available to the older generation. The phone lacks many non-verbal communication methods that encourage people to keep talking and feel safe.

Selena Snow




Now that smartphones make great pictures, not photographed except that lazy, Yes... cameraphobia. There is also such fear — it is bad to turn out on a photo. Remember how often at parties you hide from the lenses, and when friends are asked to take a selfie with them, embarrassingly answer: "Let's do it later."


And even more so run from the video - God forbid will scatter on group chats in WhatsApp.



Recognize yourself? Dive into the material Vice-there described in detail what to do with such a disease. And we will repeat a few points. For example, studies show that other people judge us less harshly than we do. And hostility to private photos of the exterior — a standard phenomenon inherent to each person. This happens because we are used to seeing ourselves in the mirror, not from the side.

The second important factor: you are probably comparing your photos to an impossible standard, based on the very Moment when your hair, clothes, and body were in perfect shape. Rest assured, other people, don't usually go that far in their judgments about you.


"It is amazing, but every time I read an advertisement for patent medicine, I have to conclude that I am suffering from the very disease it refers to, and in the most malignant form." Remember these lines? So begins the story "Three in a boat, not counting the dog" Jerome K. Jerome. The work was written in 1889, and the disease of the hero has adapted to modern realities and is now called "cyberchondria".


Carriers of this phobia love to diagnose diseases on their own based on data from the Internet.

phobias generated by Technology

Emily Doherty-Torstrick from the New York State Institute and her colleagues decided to test how this behavior can calm cyberchondria? It turned out, that nor on iota. On the contrary, it is hard to live when you see symptoms of bubonic plague in every rash on your hand. The more people are drawn into the" Internet diagnosis", the higher the level of their anxiety.


Of course, we have become attached to gadgets - there whole life. However, this does not mean that the smartphone has to take hold of your mind, body, and soul. Yes, 53% of us NOMOPHOBIA. And certainly there in the comments and cyberchondria. But you know - you are stronger than all fear and apprehension.


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