A recent survey conducted by Alba Heaven has found that the number of call phobia sufferers among the MZ generation in Korea has increased compared to last year. The survey polled 1,496 people and found that 35.6% of respondents suffer from call phobia, an increase of 5.7% points from the same survey last year.
Call phobia, also known as telephonophobia, is a fear of making or receiving phone calls. It is a type of social anxiety disorder that can cause a person to experience a range of physical and emotional symptoms, such as a racing heart, sweating, dizziness, and nausea.
There are a number of reasons why people may develop call phobia. Some people may have had a traumatic experience involving phone calls, such as being bullied or harassed. Others may have a fear of public speaking or social interaction. Still others may simply be uncomfortable with the idea of talking to someone they can’t see.
Call phobia can have a significant impact on a person’s life. It can make it difficult to maintain relationships, get a job, and manage everyday tasks.
The increase in call phobia among the MZ generation in Korea is likely due to a number of factors, including the growing popularity of online communication platforms and the increasing reliance on smartphones. Online communication platforms such as text messaging and social media allow people to communicate with each other without having to make or receive phone calls. Smartphones also make it easier to avoid phone calls by screening calls or letting them go to voicemail.
The increase in call phobia is a concerning trend, as it can have a negative impact on people’s lives. If you or someone you know suffers from call phobia, there are a number of resources available to help. There are also a number of support groups available for people with call phobia.
How to cope with call phobia
If you have call phobia, there are a number of things you can do to cope:
- Identify your triggers. What are the specific situations that make you feel anxious about phone calls? Once you know your triggers, you can start to develop strategies for coping with them.
- Challenge your negative thoughts. People with call phobia often have negative thoughts about phone calls, such as “I’m going to make a fool of myself” or “I’m going to say something stupid.” Challenge these thoughts by asking yourself if there is any evidence to support them.
- Practice talking on the phone. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will become with it. You can start by talking to people you know well, such as friends and family members. Once you feel more comfortable, you can start to talk to strangers.
- Seek professional help. If your call phobia is severe, you may want to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor. They can teach you coping skills and help you to develop a treatment plan.