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I'm not actually afraid of computers themselves, because my laptop is my baby. But when the battery starts dying, the fan starts up, the CPU goes past 50%, the RAM goes past 30%, or an unfamilar window pops up, I get really nervous. Not quite a panic attack, but close.

Yesterday, I typed "wmic csproduct get name" in Windows search to find out what version my laptop is. A small blank window with a black screen popped up and disappeared really quickly, and I was still shaken an hour later. I don't know what that window was. I didn't like it. I was expecting one of those nice white-and-gray Windows Explorer windows (which I got when I typed in system information).

I'm also deathly afraid of error screens. When I was little, my uncle's computer got a blue screen of death, and now I can't even look at pictures of them online. And the other night, I had a nightmare that CPU was 100% and RAM was 80%, and then the screen started glowing like red hot! :(

Is there a name for this kind of fear?
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Technophobia?

My only fear of computers is if I tore it down, then put everything back together and it won't work anymore, which has happened before when I was kid, that feeling always creep on me when I need to replace or fix something in a computer.
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This is an interesting anxiety - although I can kind of relate. My last laptop (an HP btw) had a dead battery. I waited too long to replace it and as a result, the power adapter became affected. So, even when it was plugged in, the computer would totally shut down intermittently.

I remember the anticipatory anxiety while working. I would fear that at any second the whole thing would come crashing down and I'd lose my work. My solution was a bit different than yours -I bought a new computer. That said, maybe setting up an automatic backup for yourself (along with a new computer) would help.

In life, stuff happens that's unpredictable and unfortunately sometimes unavoidable. It's this uncertainty that you may be fearing. The whole "error message" on the screen may just be a confirmation of that anxiety for you. It's saying "This is bad" right in your face, reiterating your already existing anxiety.

I don't have a solution for you as of now. But recognition is the first step towards recovery and I have to congratulate you on getting that far. It's a bigger step than you may realize.
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Never heard of this one before.

I can kind of relate, though, because I am afraid of certain background pictures on my desktop. Pictures of just the sky, pictures of lightning or tornadoes or anything like that, freak me out. Pictures of wind turbines or certain types of architecture. A picture of a jet plane up close would freak me out. It's really bizarre.

Do you think your fear of the blue screen has to do with watching horror movies or something? (The Ring comes to mind, and White Noise).
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Never heard of this one before.

I can kind of relate, though, because I am afraid of certain background pictures on my desktop. Pictures of just the sky, pictures of lightning or tornadoes or anything like that, freak me out. Pictures of wind turbines or certain types of architecture. A picture of a jet plane up close would freak me out. It's really bizarre.

Do you think your fear of the blue screen has to do with watching horror movies or something? (The Ring comes to mind, and White Noise).
Come to think of it, that's the best explanation I've got so far. I'm also terrified by static on TVs and radioes. My boyfriend had Dish, and he leaves his TV on so he can sleep, but he keeps the volume really low because it does this thing where it suddenly goes blackat around 2am, goes staticky for a few minutes, then goes back to normal. He says it's just updating programming or something, and the static is caused by like an incomplete signal or whatever, but it still creeps us out. I have to hide under the covers when it happens. And now the TV is right by his bed, so I still hear the static even when the volume is down low.
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It's possible you have logizomechanophobia.

However, by using a computer to access this forum, I think it's just aspects of computers you don't like, for example when they break down or something unusual happens.

I must admit that I haven't got too much knowledge of this, or steps you can take to overcome it. A little outside my expertise, unfortunately. Maybe discuss it with your boyfriend, if possible, and getting it out to someone you trust might be a good starting point to overcome your fear.

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It's possible you have logizomechanophobia.

However, by using a computer to access this forum, I think it's just aspects of computers you don't like, for example when they break down or something unusual happens.

I must admit that I haven't got too much knowledge of this, or steps you can take to overcome it. A little outside my expertise, unfortunately. Maybe discuss it with your boyfriend, if possible, and getting it out to someone you trust might be a good starting point to overcome your fear.

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Eh, it's not a bad enough fear to even worry about.
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Look at the ads on this site, and ask yourself if they directly relate to any posts or private conversations you've had on chat. In my case, pretty much all of them do.

Now that's a cause for concern!
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Look at the ads on this site, and ask yourself if they directly relate to any posts or private conversations you've had on chat. In my case, pretty much all of them do.

Now that's a cause for concern!
I see no ads. O.o
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