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TECHNOPHILE AND TECHNOPHILIA

Technophile literally, is a lover of technology, not a psychological condition or a disorder. Technophiles are early adopters of technological advances without even giving it a thought. Technophile sees the positive benefits deriving from technology and advocates increased use of technology as a solution to economic, social and political problems within the society. A technophile needs constant updates of technology without which she will become depressed and experience symptoms of technophilia like discomgoogolation. The technophile regards almost all technology positively, and also adopts new forms of technology enthusiastically. Technophile sees it as a means to improve life. Technophiles do not have a fear of the effects of the technological advancements on society, as do technophobes.

Technophilia and Technophobia

The term technophilia is contrasted with technophobia and is used in sociology when examining the interaction of individuals with their society. Technophilia and technophobia are the two extremes between technology and society. The technophile regards most or all technology positively, adopts new forms of technology enthusiastically, new technologies such as personal computers, the Internet and mobile phones. Technophile sees it as a means to improve life and as a means to combat social problems. The idea of technophilia as used in the critical theory of society, describes the new forms of enthusiasm for new technologies and technological innovations. Technophilia is a strong enthusiasm for new technologies such as Computers and the Internet. Technophiles can be described as geeks who are obsessed with technology.

Unlike a technophobe, technophiles believe technology will make their lives more efficient. A die-hard technophile will have many of the latest devices and will have no issue justifying having more than one iphone or ipad. You are more likely to be a technophobe if you prefer shopping on a high street as opposed to online, and tend not to use the vast array of apps and add-ons available for your smartphone. You are a technophile if you you like to read about the latest trends in technology, make the most of the technology, apps and efficiencies available, and seek out new systems to implement within your business.

Are you a B2B marketing technophobe or technophile? by Ricardo Molina.
In a recent survey, Adestra explored the attitudes of marketers towards emerging technologies, and their feelings towards adopting, or ignoring it. They predicted that the research would unearth two distinct personas – the technophobes and the technophiles – and were surprised to discover that there were actually three separate camps. So which category do you as a marketing professional fall into, and what, if anything, should you do about it?

A Technophile Looks at Technology, Education, and Art. - Munoz, Zina C.
Asserts that introducing educational technology into the K-12 curriculum is a major trend. Presents a set of questions that educators should answer as they increase the use of technology in the classroom. Maintains educators need to resist the temptation to use technology to replace important educational activities rather than to enhance them.

Confessions of a Technophobe and a Technophile: The Changing Perspective of Technology in ESL. Hayward, Nancy M.; Tuzi, Frank - Source: TESOL Journal, v12 n1 p3-8 Spr 2003. Abstract: Two university professors discuss the benefits of shared expertise and e-feedback in the design of an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) writing course.