Ok, this may sound crazy but I’m trying to create a new word. Add it to your dictionary, technagoraphobia. This is the fear of being in open places w/o technology. Example: John never would go camping with us because he couldn’t leave his Palm Pilot, cell phone, laptop and internet connection.

1. A morbid fear of open spaces (as fear of being caught alone in some public place).

1. A morbid fear of open spaces without technology.

Know anyone who suffers from this?

  • Rodney Olsen

    August 7, 2005, 6:16 pm

    You mean there are some people who don’t suffer from it?

  • Michael

    August 8, 2005, 11:36 am

    Finally, a word to describe my disease. My internet went down a few weeks ago for a day and I nearly died from technagoraphobia.

  • Kevin Cawley

    August 9, 2005, 7:22 am

    My condition has only grown worse since I moved to Vancouver. The entire peninsula I live on is wireless. And in the absence of said wireless I have experienced some acute anxiety. However, once the initial panic of technagoraphobia has subsided, it kind of feels nice.

  • Ben Keller

    August 10, 2005, 12:02 pm

    Hi Drew. Don’t know if you remember me but I was a good friend of Ty’s in college. I’ve enjoyed seeing the stuff you have on your site especially since it seems our spiritual migration parallels in several ways. As a word nerd myself, I applaud this new one you’ve coined, and believe you should contact the good folks at the OED immediately for inclusion. God bless. – Ben Keller

  • Luke

    August 15, 2005, 3:05 pm

    I won’t name names, but you know who you are!