Our Fear of Technology
A study of what adults fear conducted by researchers at Chapman University found that, out of a list of 88 different things, people fear technology more than anything except man-made disasters. Technology beat out other areas such as crime, public speaking, romantic rejection, government, and clowns! — Possibly even clowns in the government.
Granted, much of the technology focused on things like cyber-terrorism and corporations tracking personal information. However, people tend to be afraid of things that they heavily depend on, but can’t control. This describes technology to a T. It’s embedded in nearly everything we do these days: finding your favorite TV channel, making a phone call, sending an email or text message, taking a picture, operating your car, checking out at the grocery store, checking the weather. The problem is, we don’t have any idea how all of these things work.
It really doesn't have to be this way. All it takes is a little bit of time learning the basics to help remove these fears. All it takes is a little bit of time learning about our technology to start having more fun with it!
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