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Cyberphobia is a concept introduced in 1980,[1] described as a specific phobia expressed as "an irrational fear of or aversion to computers" or, more generally, a fear and/or inability to learn about new technologies.

Some forms of cyberphobia may range from the more passive forms of technophobia of those who are indifferent toward cyberspace to the responses of those who see digital technology as a medium of intrusive surveillance; more extreme responses may involve anti-technological paranoia expressed by social movements that radically oppose ‘technological society’ and ‘the New World Order’.[2]


Cyberphobes may avoid computers and other technology, fail to complete computerized tasks and resist backing up hard drives or organizing files. Other symptoms are excessive sweating, dry mouth, nausea, shaking, heart palpitations and breathlessness.


Treatment for cyberphobia is encouraging cyberphobes approach and learn about new technologies.[3]


  1. ^ Bauer, M. (1997). Resistance to New Technology: Nuclear Power, Information Technology and Biotechnology. Cambridge University Press. pp. 99–100. ISBN 0521599482.
  2. ^ Sandywell, B. (2006). "Monsters in cyberspace: cyberphobia and cultural panic in the information age". Information, Communication & Society. 9 (1): 39–61. doi:10.1080/13691180500519407.
  3. ^ "The cure for 'cyberphobia'" CPA Journal 65, no. 4 (April 1995): 10.