The New iPhone Is Making Some People “Uncomfortable”
When Apple’s president Tim Cook unveiled the new iPhone line-up last Tuesday, did he know that the smartphones’ most prominent feature would also be the cause of social media rebuttal?
The iPhone Pro and Pro Max have a unique feature; a triple-lens fidget spinner shaped 12MP rear camera array.
Soon after the launch, several people took to social media to bemoan the design of the camera. They say it triggers their trypophobia.
“New iPhone 11 giving me trypophobia feeling. Don’t be flexing that ugly ass phone around me if you buy it. 🤢🤮”
New iPhone 11 giving me trypophobia feeling. Don’t be flexing that ugly ass phone around me if you buy it. 🤢🤮 pic.twitter.com/UGY3GZreiL
— itsjudythenerddd (@itsjudythenerd) September 11, 2019
“I’ve had really bad trypophobia for years now and seeing pics of the new iPhone 11 all over my timeline makes me want to set everything on fire..stop”
I've had really bad trypophobia for years now and seeing pics of the new iPhone 11 all over my timeline makes me want to set everything on fire..stop pic.twitter.com/E1ucM9eeQy
— Em Harriss (@EmHarriss) September 10, 2019
What is trypophobia?
Trypophobia is an aversion to the sight of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. There is little known research on trypophobia. The word is believed to have been coined in 2005 in an online forum. The phobia isn’t recognised by the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which psychologists and psychiatrists use to diagnose patients.
Some images or shapes that elicit trypophobic reactions are clustered holes, holes in wounds and diseased tissue.
Upon seeing these shapes or images, some people said they shuddered, felt their skin crawl, experienced panic attacks, sweated, palpitated, or felt nauseated or itchy.
Other reported symptoms include goosebumps, body shakes, feeling uncomfortable, and visual discomforts such as eyestrain, distortions, or illusions. Trypophobia may manifest as a reaction of fear, disgust, or both.
Trypophobia, like most phobias, can be effectively treated with cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). With exposure therapy, a patient works with a therapist, figures out together the things they are afraid of, and what they are avoiding because they are afraid. Then the therapist will help the patient gradually start to approach the things they have been avoiding.