Technophobia and Computer Illiteracy
It’s one of my blind spots whenever I see technophobia or computer illiteracy. It always surprises me when someone isn’t using technology that could make their life significantly better. Or when someone can’t grasp a technological concept.
Computer Illiteracy – Hard To Believe
I find it difficult to believe that people would prefer to write checks and put them in the mailbox and pay for a stamp. When almost every bank offers on-line bill paying. It’s inconceivable to me that people think they need to double-click on web links. I’m never less than dumbstruck when someone will type a full URL into a Google search window.
Are people afraid they’ll become slaves to their computer…walking around like zombies staring at their smart-phones all day?
Is there a certain mindset or age where the brain just doesn’t allow for learning of seemingly basic techniques?
How much of the great unknown world of technology does a person need to grasp before it’s no longer scary?
Technophobia Age Gap?
At 60 years old, I find myself to be right on the cusp of a certain age limit. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but often the most technophobic are just older than me. Thaddeus refuses to have a cell phone. More accurately, he owns a cell phone and leaves it in his glove compartment for emergencies. My mother is completely flummoxed by texting. She doesn’t find the navigation buttons on a table at all intuitive. Using an ATM is anathema to her, and unless someone else did it for her, she would never be filing her taxes electronically. One of the women I worked with at a yarn store could not understand how she had opened 232 browser windows in the course of one day of internet searching.
Don’t get me wrong…there are scary things with technology. Scams and hacking of peoples’ accounts is getting more and more sophisticated. So much so that even I am impressed when PayPal is seeming asking for my Userid and Password. So, perhaps caution in the technologically unsure population is a good thing.
Just In Time Technology
I was very fortunate to have jumped into technology early in my career. It was even more fortunate for me to have learned computers during a time before Windows or IOS, so I understand the underpinnings of technology a bit more than others. It made me understand how data works. I got to trust technology and understand the concept of GIGO. Garbage In Garbage Out, or if there was a problem with technology, it was something I had screwed up and could fix.
I have learned to stop judging people who don’t grasp technology. Well, almost stop judging. Sometimes I can’t stop myself. I need to remind myself that technology is only safe for me because of my longtime familiarity with it.
Made progress on both the button-band/collar on the Tilt Cardigan and the Noro Taio sock.