Subtitle: Cyberphobia and the digital anthropologist
No one was born with a detailed understanding of modern technology
Modern technology is slowly bending to the way we humans think and touch, just think about touch screens and vision processing systems and the impact they have had in the last decade on the way we use computers. But this is just not enough for many people.
Do you sometimes fear using a computer?
Having supported 1,000’s of people in my lifetime, I have learned that a fear of computers is a real thing for many people and it can be as debilitating as being illiterate (Anthony Muscio – PSaT Founder).
Just like illiteracy Cyberphobia can result in a range of secondary responses by the sufferer including avoidance of computer related activity, going to extraordinary lengths to hide what you feel is your ignorance and sometimes even becoming a Luddite – Showing disapproval, saying you do not like new technology and trying to avoid using it when in the rest of your life you are open minded and adventurous.
Once again, similar to illiteracy, Cyberphobia may simply be you have not had a chance to learn, or the right example and teachers in your life.
Where can I go for help?
We recommend you seek out confidential support from and experienced professional for counselling. Wait, there is no such thing is there? Not as far as we can tell. You could go to some community courses but it can be difficult in groups for some people, and are you to able to commit the time? Many community courses are great introductions and can be very compassionate but they never really go far enough for otherwise high functioning busy individuals. Upper management, including executives and even celebrities or high profile individuals may find individual counselling more practical and provide a safer environment to overcome their fears. see below to learn how People, Systems and things is here to help.
Digital anthropologists rather than digital natives
Much is made of the Digital natives –
Digital native – a person born or brought up during the age of digital technology and so familiar with computers and the Internet from an early age.
but even among this cohort cyberphobia can be found, and we argue they are the last people to seek counselling from. Digital natives think everything is obvious, they do not even remember when they leant what they know, nor have they suffered the indignity imposed on them by the earlier technology, the seed of many older peoples Cyberphobia. Many Digital natives learned but have not taught.
We think the sufferer of Cyberphobia requires the services of a Digital anthropologist with a lived experience. Digital anthropologists have seen or studied the evolution of the digital world and also understand the metaphors required to transition to the digital world. A digital anthropologist with a lived experienced has also personally experienced the change you need to go through to overcome your fears, they have met sufferers, supported them and seen the fears overcome.
Our first name is “People”
People, Systems and things knows every individual is unique, we understand the everyday experience of cyberphobia and we plan to help by providing confidential one one one support and coaching sessions. If you are quick you can participate in our service before it is launched at scale and at reduced prices. This is a bespoke, tailored service by an experienced teacher/trainer and can be undertaken online or on-site (outside Sydney, Australia will be considered in the right circumstances). e-Mail [email protected] or if even that is a challenge call us, see Contact Us.