- Apple announced the new iPhone 11 on Tuesday – it’s the first iPhone released since Apple design chief Jony Ive left in July.
- The iPhone 11 has two cameras, and the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have three cameras.
- Some people on Twitter are saying the clustered camera pattern triggers their trypophobia – a fear of clustered holes.
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
The iPhone 11 has two cameras stacked atop one another, and the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max both sport three cameras, arranged in a triangle. As soon as the new iPhones were revealed on Tuesday, a flood of tweets poured forth remarking on the design’s potential to unnerve trypophobes, as people affected by trypophobia are known.
It’s not clear if these tweets indicate that the iPhone 11 is genuinely triggering people with trypophobia, or are simply a reflection of all the hyperbole and jokes in the Twitter echo chamber. Whatever the case, the iPhone 11 trypohobia connection is now a meme that’s gaining currency.
Check out the reactions of trypophobes to the iPhone 11, and learn more about trypophobia, below.
The internet has declared the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro to be trypophobia triggers.
Dude my Trypophobia is kicking. I’m shaking🙈 pic.twitter.com/KIH3vYOBd6
— SinB✨ (@Hwang_SinBYAH) September 10, 2019
The trypophobia Reddit channel r/trypophobia has deemed the iPhone 11 Pro “bad.”
The reactions have been visceral.
I am convinced I suffer from Trypophobia. When I saw the iPhone 11 Pro I felt sick 😭😱
— NALINI (@MsTelemaque) September 11, 2019
iPhone 11 is not for people with Trypophobia … aka me *Shudders* #iPhone11Pro
— Naa Solih (@NaaSolih) September 11, 2019
I actually cannot deal with all these memes of the new future iPhones having so many back cameras its so uncomfortable to see 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢 proper activating the trypophobia I have suppressed within me
— Z🌼 (@txyyxzx) September 11, 2019
every time i come across a picture of the new iphone i feel sick…. who thought that was a good idea bro. trypophobia hitting the roof
— lins ☾ namjooning 🦀 (@gcfkookmin) September 11, 2019
The iPhone 11 Pro is effectively freaking out trypophobes.
— 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓓𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓵 𝓟𝓻𝓸𝓫𝓪𝓫𝓵𝔂 (@qu3ai) September 11, 2019
The three cameras of the iPhone 11 Pro seem to be a worse trigger than the two cameras of the iPhone 11.
— chin (@ramosernestine) September 11, 2019
Though, the five cameras on the Nokia 9 seem like they could be an even worse trigger …
iPhone 11 pro max : trypophobia
Nokia 9 : Am I joke to you? pic.twitter.com/a8OAazouht
— Myat Ko Ko (@MyatKKo) September 11, 2019
… and the Xbox One S …
— 🏴 The Scots Gamer 🏴 (@MultiplatGamer) September 10, 2019
… and the Apple Mac Pro too.
— Shawn Ahmed (@uncultured) June 3, 2019
So, what is trypophobia?
— donbosconovitch (@donbosconovitch) September 10, 2019
Trypophobia is a fear of clustered holes, like this:
— i r f a n i s r y (@irfanisry) September 9, 2019
The first scientific study of trypophobia was conducted in 2013.
The study titled “Fear of Holes,” by Geoff G. Cole and Arnold J. Wilkins, found that up to 15% of people (18% of females and 11% of males) become viscerally upset after looking at images of clustered holes or bumps.
“Trypophobia is more akin to disgust than to fear,” Wilkins told Business Insider in 2015. “The disgust is probably an overgeneralisation of a reaction to possible contaminants.”
“The disgust arises from clusters of objects, and these objects are not necessarily holes, despite the name trypophobia,” Wilkins continued.
Trypophobes can be physically affected by seeing images of clustered holes.
The same study featured a quote from a trypophobe describing a triggering episode:
“[I] can’t really face small, irregularly or asymmetrically placed holes, they make me like, throw up in my mouth, cry a little bit, and shake all over, deeply.”
Clustered hole patterns appear in nature.
Trypophobia might be an evolutionary warning sign to protect us from things that might harm us, like poisonous animals with hole-cluster patterns.
“There may be an ancient evolutionary part of the brain telling people that they are looking at a poisonous animal,” Cole said in a 2013 press release.
“The disgust we feel may well give us an evolutionary advantage, even if we don’t know it consciously, because it sends people with trypophobia running as far as possible from the holey-looking thing,” Jennifer Welsh wrote for Business Insider in 2015.
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