Cyberphobia comes in two distinct forms. Firstly it can express itself as Logizomechanophobia, or secondly it can express itself as a fear of sensory immersion, of losing oneself.
1.Cyberphobia as in Logizomechanophobia is the fear of computers and computer systems. Individuals suffering from this form of cyberphobia have an often irrational fear that using a computer system of any type is going to end badly, or that the computers are out to get them, deliberately hiding the data the person is searching for, or crashing when the computer knows the work is vital, and there isn't time to recreate it.
Sufferers can expect physical sensations such as: breathlessness, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, rising bile, shaking, heart palpitations, inability think clearly, a sensation of detachment from reality or a full blown anxiety attack when sat down in front of a computer system, or with the knowledge that a computer system controls the building they are in.
Such individuals may well walk out of a computer-controlled intelligent building, because their cyberphobia manifests itself as a belief the building is trying to kill them. Many sufferers admit it is an irrational belief, but it is still one they are compelled to follow.
2. Another form of cyberphobia revolves around cyberspace environments – VR systems. In this type, it is the suffocating feeling, real or perceived, of the interface drawing tight around the person, followed by their senses being redirected through a computer system. Claustrophobia and simulator sickness may both be acting on the individual as well.
Once in the system, a feeling of unreality – a detachment from reality – may not be the fault of the designers of the system, or a reflection of hardware or rendering limitations. Rather, it is symptomatic of an ongoing attack of partially suppressed cyberphobia by the user.
See Also: Logizomechanophobia, Simulation Sickness, Sensory Immersion
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