Day 1594: Fun with Phobias, Part 4

During my second year of blogging, I wrote three “Fun with Phobias” posts (here, here, and here). While phobias —  extreme or irrational fears or aversions — aren’t fun, I have fun making up names for my own personal fears, like tax-o-phobia, pill-o-phobia, spill-o-phobia, pack-o-phobia, and pantrymoth-o-phobia.

When I read over my previous “Fun with Phobias” posts, I was surprised to see what was missing (and by the way, miss-o-phobia was NOT missing).

Technophobia: The fear of (1) technology, (2) being left behind by accelerating changes to technology, (3) technology-related problems including viruses and confusing updates, and/or (4) technologically-adept people who make you feel stupid.

I had my latest attack of technophobia earlier this morning when I  downloaded a free version of Adobe Acrobat, decided that version was probably a scam, and deleted it.

Does anybody else out there suffer from technophobia?  Unless you have comment-o-phobia, please let me know, so I can feel less alone.

Let’s see if I took any fun or phobia-related photos yesterday.

I definitely have map-o-phobia (the fear of maps or map-related misunderstandings).




However, I obviously do not have aquaphobia (“a persistent and abnormal fear of water”), because I take so many water-related photos.












I hope you don’t have aquaphobia and can get relief from technophobia, map-o-phobia, or any other phobia with some water music.


Thankfully, I don’t have thank-o-phobia, so I can happily thank all who helped me create another fun-with-phobias post and you — of course! — for your fun visit, here and now.


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29 thoughts on “Day 1594: Fun with Phobias, Part 4

  1. Wave-o-phobia, the fear of getting seasick on any tidal water, strikes me any time I face getting on a boat without my doctor-prescribed patch, Ann.

  2. NICE 👏

  3. Alisa depaolis


  4. The actor Roger Delgado was cast to play a villain on Doctor Who because some people thought he was scary-looking. He had aquaphobia and once on the show had to jump into water, which cast member Jon Pertwee said was the bravest thing he’d ever seen anyone do.
    Even when our fears are irrational overcoming them can be a great triumph.

  5. I have several o-phobias but thankfully Ann-o-phobia is not one of them. 🙂

  6. I have bear-o-phobia. Don’t know why. Have never been in direct contact with a bear but my aunt gave us a book about bear attacks when I was a kid and I read every page.

    • I have bear-o-phobia too, Carol, because of a scary exhibit I saw at Boston’s Museum of Science when I was young. Now I don’t feel alone with that, either.

  7. I am reading the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood and it’s giving me apath-a-phobia (The fear of societal apathy) I’m not a political person but I think specifically of Trump firing the man who is investigating him and that no one is doing anything about it. I’m not familiar with American laws but shouldn’t he be impeached? And if people just turn their faces away, can he get away with more and more until it’s too late? Until we live in an oppressive and toxic society. If we sit in a tub of water that is slowly being heated, we will boil to death before we know it. Sorry not very cheerful and not very funny. ❤
    Diana xo

  8. Hi Ann, I have an escalator-phobia – I am afraid I am going to get caught in those teeth at the bottom, or plummet down the ever moving stairs. I have a scorpion-phobia – can’t even look at pictures of them without getting the shivers of dread. But besides that, I am pretty good with all the other scary things, like heights, speaking in public, bulging laundry baskets (good thing – since there is always so much to do).
    Hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day if I don’t talk to you before then!!!!

  9. makes me curious what wise ones say
    about about the efficacy of “technologies”
    in which we haven’t developed skills or ethics
    regarding there use?
    perhaps this is where
    angels fear to tread 🙂

  10. Happy to oblige, Ann. Big yes to technophobia, and an even bigger yes to hacked-o-phobia! Doubtless related to my loss of identity-o-phobia. Hope you’re not feeling so alone now. I’m happy to say l’m not, either. 💜💕😊

  11. You can sing in front of a live audience and post it on YouTube, Ann. You definitely have some anti-phobia elements

  12. Hi Ann,
    Technophobia: The fear of (1) technology, (2) being left behind by accelerating changes to technology, (3) technology-related problems including viruses and confusing updates, and/or (4) technologically-adept people who make you feel stupid.
    All of the above especially the bottom one. Eventually tell them to stuff their arrogance and live in the real world.

  13. When we were given our first family computer, complete with e-mail address, way back in 1997 it took me some time to turn it on. Eventually I received a letter from a friend to whom I had given the e-address. It contained a print-out of an e-mail he had sent me three months earlier. The letter was address to ‘Dear Derrick, or any passing four year old’. Why hadn’t I replied to the e-mail?, he wondered. Can you guess?

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