Life Quirks: Technology Troglodyte

*This is for the guests who comment on my Home and About This Site Pages. *

The Trigger:

Technology scares all of the alters in our system.  For us, technology is a means to an end that allows us to avoid depending on paper for organization.

Some technology is also a trigger.  But other technology is useful enough that it’s become an integral part of my life (skip to the end for more on this).

Comment Question Addressed – you can stop here if you want…

Point is: this website, blog, etc. came about because I had to face my fear of technology for work and decided to apply the lessons here to create this website and blog too. Technology and electronics are a big weakness in my knowledge, experience, and lifestyle choices.

I learn what is needed to do my job and make life easier. The rest passes me by faster than cars pass each other on the highway’s fast lane.

Why? Learning is fun and appeases my curiosity. Technology, not so much. So I balance my need to understand technology with the fun of learning to improve this site.

What does troglodyte mean?

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary says this:

troglodyte

noun

trog·​lo·​dyte | \ˈträ-glə-ˌdīt \

Definition of troglodyte 

1: a member of any of various peoples (as in antiquity) who lived or were reputed to live chiefly in caves

2: a person characterized by reclusive habits or outmoded or reactionary attitudes

The term “technology troglodyte” was coined by someone I highly respect and became sort of a private joke between the two of us. This person inspired me to get past my fear of technology and start Untangled Connections.

A Technologically Deficient Millennial? Or not a Millennial at all?

For a human of my age and generation, I am lacking in technology know-how. Born in 1982, I am a member of the transitional period between Generation X and Millenials. If I was a millennial, I would absolutely embrace and shout out that status to the world – and here in the blog. But I am not…I do not fit all of the criteria that would put me in the millennial generation.

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Nor am I a member of Generation X who consider themselves children of the 80’s. For that to be true, I’d have to be born in the 1960’s or 1970’s. What I am is a child of the 90’s who grew up with alternative rock, and grunge on one side and boy bands mixed with pop on the other side. Back Street Boys, Hansen, NSYNC, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera mixed with Nirvana (Kurt Cobain), Courtney Love, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, and Green Day in middle school and high school. I missed the age of pagers (all the cool kids in school had them) and playing games on scientific calculators.

But when people ask me about being a Millennial, here are some example I use to explain:

  • Computers entered my school system as after-school or indoor recess rewards in 5th grade. The only games I can remember playing are Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
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  • At home, my parents used rotary dial or press-button, phones with cords and separate answering machines up until middle or high school. Then we switched to cordless phones with answering machines included in the docking station.
  • My parents got their first cell phones while I was in high school. I got to borrow one during my junior and senior (1999-2000) years because of after school activities.

Social Media…because I have to:

Sometime around 2000, when Internet was available in most homes, AOL Instant Messenger became the popular way to chat with friends…I tried but didn’t enjoy using it.

Napster (in college) frustrated me so much that I still shy away from similar apps – Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon Music – and am wary of using them now.

I completely missed MySpace, LiveJournal, and whatever others became popular between 2000 and 2006. Facebook is something I tried and left. Twitter confused me so much I closed the account and never looked back.

Need to Know for Work & School:

Pinterest is used for this blog and a few online shopping tools that help me get items without having to cope with crowds. LinkedIn helps with work and lets others know I “exist” as a real person instead of a robot.

Beyond that and any software programs I need to know for work or school, I am clueless about technology.

Others Like Me:

So if any of you guests have problems with using technology, you are not alone. I used to feel embarrassed and ashamed of my lack of knowledge with personal electronics and tech. Now, I feel comfortable in knowing that I’ve learned enough to enjoy my devices without having them take over my life.

Technology I Embrace and Why:

Online Shopping, GPS, Ride Share, and Home Delivery – all tools I utilize as part of self care and daily coping strategies.

With agoraphobia, panic attacks, many environmental triggers making it difficult to leave my apartment sometimes, these services have literally saved my life.

Ride share apps allow me to travel safely without worrying about getting lost or ending up someplace unknown from dissociation.

A mobile device with GPS tracking and external batteries allows me freedom and choices I would otherwise be able to take advantage of on my own.

So…I guess what I am trying to say is:

Technology can be scary and frustrating, but it’s also useful and worth learning sometimes. You never know how something can be adapted to solve “a previously unsolvable” problem.

And if you need help, ask. Not everyone will be rude to you. In fact, many people enjoy helping others learn. Free or low cost classes are available in many locations.

One last thing…

Choosing skills you are interested in and that help you achieve your goals will make the learning experience so much more enjoyable.

Thanks for reading.

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