8 Ridiculous (But Entertaining) Interactive Fears

By Stevie Sleeter, Content & Social Media Manager

Published: May 30, 2014


When it comes to modern technology, not everyone is comfortable with jumping in and embracing the latest device, social channel or trend. But there are some people out there that suffer from a few ridiculous (but entertaining) modern afflictions when it comes to interactive or digital fears.

Do You Have…

  • Nomophobia – The fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Imagine the panic that sets in when your phone has no network coverage or your battery runs out. If you panic without your trusty cell phone, you are described as being “nomophobi.” (Note: also diagnosed easily for those who have their phones cradled comfortably on their pillow as they sleep.)
  • Fomo – The fear of missing out, on something more fun, on a social update or anything that might just happen on the spur of the moment. Frequent social media users can quickly slip into the throes of ‘fomo’ if they are disconnected from Facebook or Twitter.
  • Cyberphobia – Fear of computers.
  • Vidigameaphobia – To our 2048 fans, this is the fear of video games. Ranging from being scared of the games to fearing that the video game might come to life, this fear spans everything from Mario Kart to World of Warcraft to Frogger.
  • Interphobia – Fear of the Internet or World Wide Web.
  • Cathisophobia – For all of us who work at the computer all day (but don’t suffer from cyberphobia). Cathisophobia is the fear of sitting. If you suffer from this, stop by our office and test out one of our standing VariDesks.
  • Editovultaphobic – Taken from the Latin words for ‘face’ and ‘book,’ it means fear of Facebook. Or just a fear of having every aspect of your life lived in front of “friends” you may not be that close to.
  • Bonus Fear: Kainolophobia – Fear of anything new. When it comes to leading the pack in interactive, or in business, the fear of anything new can stop you in your tracks and keep your company comfortable with only the status quo.

If any of these sound familiar and you feel like you have an interactive fear, stop by so we can teach you why digital is really not so bad.