Late Adopters: Can You Learn To Love Technology?

It is fair to say that it is increasingly difficult to get on in modern life without some understanding or appreciation of the importance of technology.

Of course, it’s not impossible. There are still people who have a standard phone rather than the latest smart phone, who would rather send a carrier pigeon than an email. For the most part, however, these are the Luddite holdouts, aching for a time gone by that isn’t going to return again.

For everyone else, accepting the advantages of more technology in our lives is an inevitable. For some people, that will come naturally – they will take to tech like a duck to water. They will be able to deal with a laptop freaking out on them, wire in their new TV, and use apps for things they used to use pen and paper for. For this lucky section of society, they are free and clear – they’re tech compatible, so to speak.

If you don’t fall into this section of society, it can feel like you’re being left behind. You don’t get it.

While there is no easy fix for these things, you can begin to ease yourself into this brave new world with a few steps. Being completely tech-savvy might not be at the end of the tunnel, but tech competent is definitely something to aim for!

Step 1: Appreciate The Importance Of Tech

If you don’t truly understand how important technology can be, you’ve got a mental block against it. You might be able to pay good lip service to it, but that doesn’t mean that you truly understand how it’s revolutionized lives.

It’s not just personal lives either; it’s business and innovation. Take the advent of internet shopping; a whole new sector of industry (and a big one) that didn’t exist 20 years ago. Tech has now made it possible for mail to be sorted, receipts printed, tracked, and delivered faster than anyone would ever have thought possible. If you work remotely, you can talk to a customer while you’re out of the office, organize for their delivery, print out their label on Zebra portable printer, send it to them and then track the progress of the delivery – all in a single day. That’s the kind of process that would have taken a week 50 years ago.

Tech is making life easier for everyone, for business and personal use. The above is just one example, and until you truly embrace the potential of technology (rather than seeing it as nothing but a method of time wasting, as many people do), then you’re not going to get it.

Step 2: Build Up Slowly

Don’t throw yourself into learning how to code or advanced app development; start with the very basics. The very best way of learning how to use various technology is to try it and see. You’re not going to set the device on fire, so don’t be afraid to push buttons and see what happens. If you do something wrong, there will be a reset feature. To truly learn, you can’t be led through the process – you have to have the patience to make mistakes until you learn for yourself.

Step 3: Get Help

If there’s something you don’t understand, ask for clarification. You can ask a friend or you can post online (which has the benefit of being anonymous). Too many people who don’t understand or use tech have problems with admitting that they don’t know what they’re doing – but how else are you going to learn?

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is an Information Security Analyst, OSCP, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.

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