What a phobia is the fear of technology

Am I sickly afraid of technology?

From TECHBOOK | October 03, 2018, 3:20 p.m.

“You are technophobic!” These days people often have to listen to that who do not immediately adopt every technology. Are you also one of those grumpy about progress? TECHBOOK reveals how you can overcome resistance to new technologies.

Are you a refusal to progress? Are you afraid of something new? From drones delivering pizza? In front of networked refrigerators, e-readers, electric cars? From robots that threaten and overwhelm you? Are you even suspicious of Facebook?

You have already been accused several times of being technophobic, like so many other Germans who refuse to use complex technical devices and especially computers? It is clear to you and it will be clear for every day: you avoid machines, electrical appliances, in short all things that represent "technology" for you and places where these occur frequently?

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In the pathological form, technophobia is one of the specific phobias, one of around 250 known. Affected people suffer from the symptoms of panic, fear, suffer from an accelerated heartbeat, shortness of breath, nausea, in extreme cases get a dry mouth and tremors at the thought of technology contact. Fear increases the closer you get to technology.

Your fear is exaggerated. Clearly unfounded. Due to a perception disorder, a cognitive defect. Those affected reject technology completely irrationally, even though it would objectively bring them an advantage. Main cause: the mostly negative influence from literature and film, and on the other hand the feeling of loss of independence. Pathological technophobia can have a massive impact on the quality of life.

6 tips for the tech grouch

Tip number 1: Don't say, “We don't need that.” Ask yourself under what circumstances you might need a new technology after all.

Tip number 2: Don't be afraid of manuals or instructions for use. Are you struggling to get involved? Most people do. Therefore, true innovations are at best as “intuitive” as possible. So that the barriers to approaching a new product are as low as possible and the benefits are quickly understood.

Tip number 3: Consciously spend time learning new things, trying out alternatives to what already exists - and only then check whether the advantages could convince you.

Tip number 4: Be casual Relaxed! Don't expect too much! You don't have to love every technology. You can also decide against it. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!

Tip number 5: Talk to younger people too. Notice that they often find it cooler to know about technology than not to.

Tip number 6: Small final sentence that may convince you. It is part of the modern doctrine of almost all innovators and refers to the fact that many of us initially do not know which progress is good for us. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said: Faster horses.” Said Henry Ford, the founder of the automobile manufacturer Ford.

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