Similarly, many people have a fear of anything ‘techy’, and the perception that this is what websites are all about. So they try to hold them at arm’s length, and plunge through as quickly as possible.
When I talk to people, and listen to where they currently are at and what they need help with, I almost always run into issues with discomfort or fear of technology.
Tech Fear & The Exponential Growth of Information
Insecurity while dealing with our modern technologies is very, very common and completely understandable. I mean, just look at how much the development of technologies has progressed in the last 10 years!
Since its first appearance, computer power has grown exponentially, now doubling every few years, and the technological advancements that have been made in the last 50 years are simply breathtaking.
Human knowledge, as shown in patents and academic publications, doubles at different rates for different sectors. Buckminster Fuller created the Knowledge Doubling Curve, which allows us to grasp how exponentially the world body of knowledge is increasing. – Different types of knowledge seem to have different rates of growth. Whilst nanotechnology knowledge is doubling every two years now, clinical knowledge does so every 18 months. Even more extreme, knowledge around the Internet of Things [link] doubles every 12 hours, according to a paper from IBM in 2006.
“Knowledge is power – but only if it can be extracted
quickly and efficiently from an ever-growing mass of data.”
The technical issues and fears people have are symptoms for an underlying perspective or behavior, which is where the true change probably should occur.
Dealing with Tech Fear
The good news is, that there are a few resources that can help you with making this change.
First, however, you need to know that the fear’s sources can be diverse.
Some of it can be personal, some of it can be cultural programming, some of it can be gender related; and sometimes it’s all of them.
You don’t have to like computers (or any other tech equipment) or be good at using them. Everybody is different.
But understanding your reactions and approaching it consciously may free you to find ways to do more with less stress.
✧ Becoming Conscious
Becoming conscious about what scares you off is extremely valuable and.
Knowing your triggers allows you to identify a strategy for dealing with your discomfort.
✧ Using Humor
Using humor in a tense situation is probably the best thing you can do. Below is a wonderful, exhilarating little fear therapy clip.
Mr. Ramesh with his funny Indian accent brings his point across in a very light-hearted way.
✧ Relaxation Techniques
Another great strategy is using deliberate relaxation techniques.
Despite the anxiety and stress you may feel about technology, there are ways to improve your capacity to learn how to handle technology well by calming down, relaxing, and releasing your mind from worry.
This reduces emotional arousal, and restores your brain to its natural state of receptivity to important information, and it is a way to learn how to deal with tech fear with a long-term view.
A good practice of deliberate relaxation is to commit yourself to some sort of meditation (preferably first thing in the morning). Meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce symptoms associated with stress, depression, and anxiety, as well as improve productivity and quality of life.
There are thousands of mediation practices, some with a focused intent, and others with the goal of mental relaxation. I recommend you choose a practice that helps your brain to relax.
You can also use an interesting tool to get your meditation practice started – or even to enhance it. The Muse Headband is an advanced technology that helps you to develop a meditation practice. The headband rests across your forehead and over your ears; it measures your brain’s activity with built-in sensors. In each session, it is measuring the activity of your brain and gives you real-time feedback.
With different soundscapes available, you can choose an acoustic environment that suits you best. The soundscapes also provide feedback on the progress of how relaxed you get, and depending on your brain activity the tone gets louder and quieter.
Learning to meditate with Muse makes the experience less intimidating for many, and has proved helpful in focusing and relaxing quickly. The quantifiable results one gets will motivate them to continue practicing.
I have been using the Muse Headband for myself. Not so much out of tech fear, but to get a feeling of how deep I can go into meditation. The feedback I got and the variations I tried with different sounds and surroundings gave me a lot of confidence and made the meditation experience even more enjoyable. (Note: This is an affiliate link. When you purchase this product, I will earn a little extra, too.
Over to You
The problem with approaching something in a state of fear is that your brain wants to do something – anything! – to defuse that fear, while at the same time not having access to good judgment.
You jump off in some direction, your brain ticks the box that you did something, and later on, it turns out that what you did doesn’t actually make much sense, and may even have messed things up.
If you know that you react sensitive or with not much confidence to new technologies, maybe this is the time you make a step forward and begin confronting your limitations. Every step – whether gentle or progressive – is a good step.
You could start by pursuing one of the strategies I recommended above, or you could subscribe to my free email course about conquering tech fear in the opt-in form below, and learn even more there. If you want to go even one step further, you may want to check out whether one of my online courses that are targeting non tech-savvy folks like you, is a the road to go for you.
My aim with these courses is to make the technology aspect of business easily understandable and digestible. It is time to stop being intimidated by technology. To some degree this is true for all of us. Whether you are still in the brainstorming phase of your business idea or are wondering how to get your business website in place, you can find all the courses I am currently offering, and chances are they are of great benefit for you!