Technophobia: The Psychological Impact of Information Technology

Technophobia: The Psychological Impact of Information Technology

Technophobia: The Psychological Impact of Information Technology

Technophobia: The Psychological Impact of Information Technology

Synopsis

Studies have shown that up to half the population is 'technophobic'. This volume examines the origins of technophobia, what it is, and what causes it. The author argues that people have the right to reject technology.

Excerpt

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of a large body of literature examining psychological reactions to technology. An attempt is not being made to create a pathology which can subsequently be attributed to particular demographic variables such as age or gender. Quite the opposite. This book identifies the social nature of the factors determining technophobia, first to highlight the phenomenon in the face of an increasing ‘computerism’, which is defined by Yeaman (1992) as ‘blind faith in the inherent good of computers’ and second to place it within the discourse of a socially (rather than biologically) based construct. Sex differences are therefore discussed as they highlight the social processes that underlie technophobia.

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