Why Some People Hate New Technology, and How to Change Their Mind
Everyone knows the stereotypes of the old aunt who has never touched a computer, the uncle who calls his kids to set up his Mac, and the grandma who accidentally comments four times on her grandchild’s Facebook status. Maybe you have one of those relatives. However, if you’ve found yourself getting upset at one of them for refusing to adapt to newer technology, you may just not be thinking about it from their point of view. After all, there’s a reason why that person doesn’t want to try this new technology that you love so much.
If you can approach it from the other’s perspective, you have a much better chance of helping your friend or loved one upgrade to technology that could be extremely helpful. Here are some reasons the people in your life may be stuck in their ways, and some ways to help them take their life into the 21st century.
It’s Too Difficult
For some people, learning new processes may seem too difficult or take too long. Whether it’s because your perfectly able uncle just doesn’t have enough time, or because your great-grandma has a hard time keeping her fingers steady, time and physical limitations can be a significant barrier to many people’s decisions to upgrade.
Accessibility modifications are a great way to help people adapt to new technology, and many of these people probably don’t even know they’re available! If you haven’t had to use them or help someone else use them, you may not even know they’re there either. Computers, smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices have accessibility help built-in; by asking people what they need help with, you can work with them to enable the things they need. For example, if someone tends to hold down the home button on an iPhone, unintentionally activating Siri, you can help disable Siri entirely.
They Can’t Figure It Out, Even Though They Want To
People who are elderly, disabled, or both may have a more difficult time adapting to new technology. Especially if they used to love to do new things, or they’ve recently become disabled due to an illness or age, they may seem very defensive about their inability to adapt. But it’s probably less frustration due to technological advances and more frustration at themselves.
In this situation, the best thing to do is be understanding. Make it clear that you want to help the individual adjust to the newest smartphone or Windows update, and that you won’t get upset or annoyed for not understanding it. If you need to repeat things multiple times, try re-stating it in a different way, or find other ways to do it that may be easier. Your student is a human just like you, and perhaps just needs to learn how to do things in a different way.
They Don’t Know What They Can Do with New Technology
Some people just straight-up don’t know that they don’t have to use the phone book anymore! Introduce the technology haters in your life to sites like PeopleFinders, and help them revolutionize the way they use technology. With PeopleFinders, it only takes a few clicks to find out just called with a reverse phone lookup, or to run a background check on the new neighbor who just moved in next door.
Depending on how in-depth you needed to go, such information used to take weeks, or even months, to find. It could require quite the effort to pull out the huge phone book and find the info for a number on the caller ID. Or trying to get in touch with someone who could help you find public records at the county courthouse or recorder’s office.
Now, it’s just a few mouse clicks, a quick bit of typing, and you’ve found far more detailed information than you ever could with the phone book. When you introduce the people in your life to new technology like this, emphasize how it can be helpful to them and you’re more likely to win them over.
There are numerous reasons why people don’t like adapting to new technology. But more often than not, the barriers are either a lack of information or lack of confidence. If you’re trying to teach someone how to use technology that’s like second nature to you, don’t get frustrated. Instead, get excited! After all, you’re teaching someone how to make life a little better.
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