Allergic reaction to using the telephone or other voice-controlled communication device. Introverts are most prone to this allergy; geek or nerd status can exacerbate the condition.
Unknown, patients report not wanting to talk to people they don't know. Tele-usage causes the weakest reaction when the patient is communicating with close friends and family, or in a work environment. The reaction is strongest in unfamiliar environments with strangers.
- Lets voicemail pick up, even when they are home.
- Waits for any other adult in the room to pick up the phone as it rings.
- Always checks caller ID before picking up.
- Will use e-mail, texting, instant messenger -- even snail mail -- before picking up the phone to contact someone.
- Makes spouse call for take out, schedule appointments, plan play dates and initiate other phone-induced events.
- Online pizza ordering
- Online appointment scheduling
A thirty-something female with a moderate case of teletitis. She is competent at using her phone for work purposes, has brief conversations with her husband on the phone, and talks occasionally to friends and family without breaking out into hives. Hesitates to make calls to strangers, answer the phone, return calls or make appointments. She has made progress over the past year or two, but still struggles with teletitus:
"It took me a month to work up the energy, but I finally called my mortgage company to get some questions answered. I was also able to order pizza over the phone a few weeks back, but got really frustrated when I had to call more than one place to get the right delivery zone. My husband has been very encouraging, and that is really helpful. Though, he does tease me sometimes. Maybe next week, I'll be able to make that play date for my daughter! Hmmmm.... Maybe not. My husband said he'd call..."