Although it hasn’t been recognized as an official phobia, trypophobia affects a large percentage of internet users.
Trypophobia is a very common condition, at least online. Although there’s not much medical evidence that backs it up, the term is characterized by the unnerving feeling people get when they look at a cluster of small holes, like honeycomb or, since it was released last Tuesday, the back of the new iPhone.
All of Apple’s new phones come with this design, having three large cameras on their backs in a triangular formation with a little flash on the upper corner.
Trypophobia is a weird condition, one that has grown very popular over the years. It’s one of the most discussed terms online (a quick Google search will leave you reeling for days) and has a heavy presence in pop culture, being used for some story lines and advertisements of “American Horror Story”.
“The phobia arises in part because the inducing stimuli share basic visual characteristics with those of dangerous organisms,” a researcher from the University of Essex tells CNN. Another theory published in The Daily Mail says that our brains have to work overtime when looking at these images in order to process them, making us want to avoid them altogether.
— Steven Greenstreet ❌ (@MiddleOfMayhem) September 10, 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 pic.twitter.com/E1ucM9eeQy
— Em Harriss (@EmHarriss) September 10, 2019
We’ll have to wait and see if Apple has anything to say about their new cameras or if the purchase of the phone comes with some breathing exercises.