Thursday, 18 August 2011

Technophobe...2

A couple of days ago, I talked about the technophobe and how I noticed that there was a new 'breed' of technophobe coming through.  Click here to read previous article.

This new breed are young-'ish' people, who should supposedly know something about technology (after all, it is a now a standard entry in most curricula), but have chosen to snob it. Usually aged between 21 and 35.  

Displaying a lack of interest in joining the bandwagon of Twitter/Facebook/Texting or using computers generally, they are very convincing to the casual observer that true contentment lies with 'the simple life', one without the distraction that the use of technology introduces. 

Once in a while, you might get them taking the random photo. Maybe even have a Flickr account - its primary use being a platform for showcasing all the pictures taken during the course of their otherwise busy lives (hiking, kayaking, lots of outdoor activities). Lives that do not depend on Facebook or Twitter or sitting in front of a computer all day, nervously watching the screen and waiting for something to happen. Lives full of meaning, not built around a keyboard and a flat screen!

But I don't really believe that the true intent is to shun technology completely. I think there is some curiousity, however, it is an underlying fear of the unknown that introduces the reluctance to try new things. 

I'm afraid I don't know if I could survive living like that - totally devoid of technology - in this day and age. I just need to know. It is that curiousity that compels me each day to turn on the computer and surf the web, hoping to find something new each day to educate me, to teach me something I never knew. 

I obviously don't spend all my time with the computer (it might seem like that some days!), but I'm not ashamed to say that I do spend a lot of time on the computer. It is after all the source of my income! 

Does technology make you break out in a rash?

4 comments:

  1. I'm thankful for the advancement of technology that is a source of communication, information, education and entertainment all at once.

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  2. Me-email and text +fb were developed for people like me! Cannot do letters, no sir!
    Thank God for technology, but like all things, moderation required, not total abstinence is necessary.
    Technology like fire, a good servant, but a bad master.

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  3. Indeed....Good Servant, Bad Master! Thanks.

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