Friday, April 10, 2009

Technophobia is not a phobia!

Technophobia is no psychological disorder... no phobia... just unwillingness to learn! Let's call it what it is.

It is a bit of malaise! A bit of just plain laziness! A bit of the old proverbial "towel" being thrown in and admitting that you are old!

Stevie Nicks is a self-proclaimed technophobe, but I say she has no phobia:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/04/09/entertainment/e055214D27.DTL&type=music

No doubt, learning most new technologies is hard work.

Technophobia is the strong dislike or fear of advanced technology or complex devices, especially computers. This "phobia" is far from the normal class of phobias associated with psychological disorders, like a germ-a-phob. See, the germ-a-phob has not the luxury of choice, and unusually has very little control over this mentally substantiated phobia.

The term technophobia was most likely coined back in the industrial revolution, but I'd say there were so-called "technophobes" as early as the invention of the wheel.

Being a technophobic and saying you wont use new technologies because you believe it is destroying todays youth is a bit like saying that Nintendo was destroying the youth of the 80s (that would include me)with Super Mario Brothers - ha! And the evolution went on from there, as it always has, with the Atari 2600, Atari computer, ColecoVision, Commodore 64 and so on, all the way up to the iPhone today.

Face it when you refuse to pick up on the new technologies you might as well get out the old rockin chair and plop down on the old front porch with your old newspaper (while you can still get a newspaper) and just be old.

1 comments:

sue-ann.connolly said...

ok so it might not be an actual 'phobia' but it's ok for people to dislike technology. I myself am well immersed and fully able to operate new technologies, but I am definitely a skeptic. what happened to the good old days when people learned from books, opther people and experience? you must agree that technology IS damaging the youth of today... damn i am 23 and I admit it affects me on a psychological level. cyber bullying can lead to suicide... also there's obesity which can be partly blamed on technology. I wonder how many fifteen year olds know how to spell the word 'laugh' lol. Technology may not be completely bad... but you can't honestly think that its all good!