|Fear of Technology|
it is beneficial to be unsocial online because of the fear of technology called technophobia. When a person has a technophobia then they will not release information about themselves online like online shopping, phone number, pictures, fear of tracking, fear of becoming lazy thinkers, and fear of the Internet on our lives in general. They will not do this because they know that they will constantly be tracked and as a result of do not use technology, which makes them socially unacceptable. Another argument to his could be that technophobia will keep people from being able to associate with society on social media, which is a main source of communication now.
In one of the articles I read that agreed with the ideas of technophobia, it talked about why technology should scare people and how it takes the creativity out of thought process. Children with technology anything is possible, and that essentially takes the fun out of life. "If you have so many other things to help you make it through life, why try hard to achieve anything?" Here in the decadent 21st century, "everything has to be easy, and ballet is very, very hard". Thus explaining that with children always on electronics using them to solve the mysteries of life will drain out the fun of thinking in thought process. Also proving that technology is gaining more power so eventually it will take over human life. With google now a days you can find pretty much anything or do anything from sitting with a computer, which will make people lazy and eventually lead to humans relying on technology to control their lives..
Another article I found agreeing with the fact that technophobia is a good thing is an article that I read on the Huffington Post he other day. The article is all about why a woman and her husband do not want smartphone and some reasons why they do not want one. The three main reasons for this are the device makers, big telecom, and raw materials and recycling. What make a good company to be with and have a phone with, needs to be trustworthy and honorable with your information. “I have resisted taking the plunge for many reasons. Touch screens are slimy, clinical, unsatisfying. Digital surveillance is creepy. (You know your smartphone is tracking you, right?) Apps are overhyped. As a recent book title attests, there's no app for happiness.” Jennifer Rauch tries to show that none of the companies are honest with the customers. If it had not been for her technophobia then she would be just another digi zombie helping with the end of society.
An opposing argument to the previous statement was in an article I read from a New Zealand newspaper about an elder who had been afraid of technology afraid what it offered to society. Then they were introduced to it by a woman who showed them that there was nothing to fear. “not scary at all, quickly taking in my limited ability, moulding the training session around my baby-steps desires. She understands that the fact I do something only twice a year means I have to be retrained each time.” This person was able to overcome their fear and realize that technology helps people with social interactions online and it is beneficial to be sociable online. Without technology people would have almost no communication anymore. For thousands of years there has been much technology found around the world, many people are scared of the social change that it could make. This fear is technophobia. I focused my search on if it is beneficial to be unsocial online or not because of technophobia. I believe that it is beneficial because it can slow down the technological takeover of society, which will eventually happen because we rely on technology. Technophobia causes fears in people that their personal information will be taken to affect them in the future or the future of thinkers.
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The fear technophobia causes fear when in use of technology, so would it be beneficial to be unsocial while online to keep information being taken offline? That was the main focus of my article on technophobia for my Digital Citizenship class. To answer my own thesis I do believe that it can be beneficial to be unsocial online because it gives a person privacy for the world and will keep most all of their personal and public information not accessible just anywhere to anyone at any time. As I was reading some of comments left for me I realized that different opinions give a new outlook on the topic of my studies. Each comment had an input on my current outlook on technophobia. My mind kept changing sides from being social online is better to unsocial is better. Some of the comments helped support my argument and make them stronger by adding bits of advice to fix or an article to read on the subject. However I did not have to research any more information from my comments because I had previously collected the data when we first got the data to put our thesis together to write out our blog topic. This project was very fun to do research on, searching through all the databases and sites to find just the right information to support your ideas. Also to find an opposing argument and find more on that so people can see both sides of the idea at hand. I wish that I could do another project like this sometime in the future.