Friday, 2 May 2014
When is a technophobe not a technophobe?
While freely admitting to a total lack of interest in, or expertise in any form of technology, and also admitting that improving on that state would be very hard work for any unsuspecting tutor, I also maintain that such knowledge is in no way essential for survival in this enlightened age.
I "toil not, neither do I spin", which loosely translated means I do nothing online other than blog, read blogs comment on blogs, email and Google 'stuff'.
I do not and will not buy anything on-line. This is purely a form of self-preservation from those who wish to know more about me than I am willing to impart.
Only this morning I watched in horrified disbelief an episode of "Fake Britain", in which an intelligent and bright young man was 'sucked in', worked on, and finally deprived of most of his savings, his job, his home etc. by none other than fraudulent on-liners
Every day new scams are dreamed up and put into operation by the morally bankrupt but technologically gifted underworld operatives.
So-called 'smart' phones are hijacked and robbed of their data, leaving their ex-owners potless.
My mobile phone is anything but smart (a bit like its owner), and was John's property for at least two years before his death. Which is to say, it is old fashioned in the extreme.
This is totally unimportant to me since I use it about four times a year, to call a cab.
I have no need of an all-dancing all-singing bit of sharp technology - let's face it I wouldn't know what to do with it.
As soon as a company whose goods I buy goes 'on-line only' I switch to a new company.
There may be good reasons form many people to put every aspect of their retail and financial life in the public domain, but for the life of me I cannot imagine any.
Prove me wrong and I will (reluctantly) do what everyone else is doing, but if you can't, leave me to my happy technophobia.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 2:30:00 pm