Thursday, August 27, 2015

Editiovultaphobia: The Fear of Facebook

Editiovultaphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of Facebook.  I don’t have this phobia, but it’s easy to understand how someone could develop it.  I’ve taken pictures with other people before and they look fabulous while I look ridiculous, and of course they put it on Facebook and tag me in it.  It’s horrible.  It may seem silly to some, but this can cause a lot of anxiety and embarrassment, especially to those of us who tend to take more bad pictures than good.

One of the major things than can cause Editiovultaphobia is cyber bullying, especially among teens.  How long would it take you to stop logging into Facebook if someone was continuously posting negative things about you or threatening you in some way?  How long would it take for you to wish it no longer existed?  I’m glad technology wasn’t so advanced while I was growing up.  Getting bullied in person was bad enough.  I can’t imagine it following me right into the privacy of my own home.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Editiovultaphobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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