Confessions of a Technophobe

You know how the word ‘homophobic’, doesn’t actually mean you fear homosexuals, and ‘anti-Semitic’ doesn’t really mean you’re anti allSemitic peoples? Well when I say I’m a technophobe I literally mean that technology scares the hell out of me.  Just seeing how technology is gradually interfering more and more in our daily lives is enough to get me panicking – especially when I see its negative effects on family dynamics and children.

In fact this topic upsets me so much that there have even been times when I’ve cried over the fate of my unborn babies (because I’m just that neurotic). This is also why I don’t use a microwave and always maintain a distance between myself and my phone while I’m asleep. I’m not saying this is scientific, but it makes me happy.

I mean technology was fine in the 90’s when people only had computers and limited internet; and of course I’d never be against the technological and medical advances that are helping people. But I can’t be the only person who’s frustrated by the constant tings of my phone, and that ‘last seen’ thing on Whatsapp that exposes to the world when I’ve read certain messages but was just not bothered to reply. Plus why should hundreds of people have direct access to me at every single minute of my day?

And the worst thing of all is when people then accuse you of being anti-social for not being involved online, when really, the priority should be to engage and connect with people who are right in front of you instead of switching off from all your surroundings. It’s like we’re living through a technologically induced zombie apocalypse. No one wants to speak with each other (directly), young people are not developing their social skills and children are forgetting how to play and use their imagination.   But I’ve realised recently that the world is not a kind place for technophobes and here are some examples:

1-Not too long ago, Khaleejesque sent me to a Nuqat workshop on creating a bilingual magazine made from snippets cut out from our social media sites.  When we began gathering the info we needed, I mentioned to the tutor light-heartedly that I was traditional and really only use my FB and so have very limited data. I remember feeling surprised and embarrassed at her look of disdain when I told her this. Then throughout the workshop I had to ask the lady next to me for help because I didn’t know how to navigate my way around a MAC or even cut and paste. The lady didn’t seem happy about being interrupted and I was left feeling very stupid. I was unable to complete the workshop because I didn’t know how to use Photoshop and other programs. It was not a nice experience.

2- When I went back home to London a couple months ago, I mentioned to my older brother, who was helping me develop my twitter account, that I’ve heard of hashtagging but don’t know how they work or use them. My 17 year old brother heard this of course and mocked me to no end.

3- Then there was the time my husband scolded me for my stubborn views on technology and told me that I’d never be able to relate to our children. That’s when I cried.

So now I’ve decided to try to develop my IT skills and learn how to use some programs. I’m still a fan of social media and it just doesn’t come naturally to me; but I suppose it’s always a good idea to stay in the loop with things. As they say: keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

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