Sociology Index


The term Technophobia arises from technophobe, a person who fears technology. Technophobia is fear of technology. Technophobia is also referred to as technofear. Technophile enjoys the positive benefits from technology. The idea of technophilia as used in the critical theory of society describes the enthusiasm for new technologies. The term technophilia is contrasted with technophobia. There are many interpretations and definitions of technophobia, becoming more complex as technology evolves. Technophobia is related to another fear cyberphobia which is expressed as "an irrational fear of or aversion to computers." Technophobia is the fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices.

Though technophobia is not a recognized mental illness, it is an extreme and irrational fear of technology. The term Geriatric Technophobia suggests that this phobia is more likely to be found in older adults than adolescents. Technophobia is not a result of advancing age, cognitive decline, or early Alzheimer’s.

Technophobia gained more and more attention with the arrival the Industrial Revolution. The Luddites, a group of anti-technology workers, united under the name “Ludd” and removed key components from knitting frames and threatened greater violence exhibiting all the symptoms of Technophobia.

Technophobia vs. Technomania - Chamberlin, Leslie J. 
Source: USA Today, v112 n2462 p50-51 Nov 1983 
Abstract: There must be more emphasis on computers in education so that students can function in a sophisticated society and not fall prey to technophobia or technomania.

Technology and Technophobia: Methods for Overcoming
How technology can lead to the development of technophobia and how individuals can be helped to overcome their technophobia. - Schwartz, J., Gibson, G., Wilkinson, L., Buboltz, W. & Seemann, E. (2002). In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2002. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Rx for Technophobia - Kassner, Kirk 
Source: Music Educators Journal, v75 n3 p18-21 Nov 1988 
Abstract: States that teachers' fear of using computers and electronic technology in music education may prevent students from reaching their full potential. Includes suggestions for diagnosis and cure of "technophobia."

An investigation of framing and scaling as confounding variables in information outcomes: The case of technophobia. - Appa Rao Korukonda and Seth Finnb, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Information Sciences, Volume 155, Issues 1-2 , 1 October 2003, Pages 79-88 
Technophobia has been an enduring problem in industrial economies over the last 20 years. Though explanatory models have been proposed to explain the prevalence of technophobia, these efforts have been diffuse, contradictory, and lacking in integration and explanatory and predictive utility. Using technophobia as the background variable, this research examines the role of scaling and framing in organizational research. It is argued that these particular issues, though endemic to research in other areas of social sciences as well, are worthy of exploration in the context of technophobia particularly in light of contradictory findings.

Technophobia then and now - Edgerton, David 
Nature, Volume 376, Issue 6542, pp. 653-654 (1995).