Karen Kimberley is a communication coach helping to change people inside to become the best they can be and helps business people to improve their performance, conquer anxiety and build confidence.
More and more people are split into two worlds. The tech-world and the reject-tech world. The tech world is full of people who love the latest gadget, will tell you about the new app they’ve found, how they ‘hang out’ on Google or use ‘What’s App?’ to discuss their latest tweet.
They might tell you how much sleep they had according to the app monitoring their night’s slumber or how many steps they’ve taken that day according to the band on their wrist.
One friend tracks her daughter’s late night movements on an app called Moves and is happy when she wakes in the morning to see, via her phone, that her daughter is pinpointed safe and sound in the bedroom above her head!
Would the sentences above even have been able to be constructed just five or ten years ago? Would someone from the early twentieth century even understand all of it?
Consider then the ‘reject-tech world’.
These people feel more and more left behind and see the tech-world as a huge, ever changing amorphous scary monster. One that obstructs, frustrates, angers, scares, defrauds, phishes, obfuscates, leaks, monitors and confuses even those familiar with it.
Is our world of technology constantly changing and evolving like a virus that’s out of control?
As a result the reject-tech completely refuses to engage with technology as they become so afraid, overwhelmed and confused by it. Even some younger people reject technology.
They get further and further behind. For some it becomes a phobia. Life becomes more isolated and difficult.
They exclude themselves from the tech world and so they never see its potential to thrill, amuse, engage, entertain, absorb, connect across seas and across history, to educate, include, organise, calculate, socialise and inform.
Using IT has now become as essential as using the telephone, watching TV or driving a car. But for many it’s still a black art.
Education is offered via the Council, further education or library but is usually offered in connection with recruitment or job hunting thereby increasing the stress and pressure associated with IT.
How can we help those left behind?
So my challenge goes out to those in IT who have created this high pressure, high skill, high tech world.
How can you involve, include and educate these disenfranchised and frightened reject-techs?
Isn’t it time to change the focus from getting ahead of the competition to getting the people on board who have been left behind?
I’d be interested in your thoughts.