Technophobia: The Psychological Impact of Information by Mark J. Brosnan

By Mark J. Brosnan

Know-how is taking on all facets of existence. but reports have proven that as much as one part the inhabitants is 'technophobic'. this suggests having adverse critiques or being nervous approximately details expertise like own desktops. This publication examines the origins of technophobia - what it's, who has it and what motives it.The effect of gender is tested and the social and cognitive mental elements underlying technophobia are reviewed and mixed into an total mental version. ideas for decreasing technophobia are mentioned, and the impression of technophobia on all people from tuition youngsters to childrens is analysed. Technophobia should be important either for educational examine of the realm, and for these devising IT coverage in faculties, company and govt.

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One third of the entire population of the industrial world! (Brosnan and Davidson, 1994) Chapter 2 Technophobia and gender Are computers ‘boys’ toys’? There can be no doubt that far from reducing the sex role stereotyping that has been so apparent with the physical sciences and with ‘older’ craft and technology subjects, the introduction of Information Technology in schools is leading to the establishment of yet another high status subject with a strongly masculine bias. (Chivers, 1987. p. 17) INTRODUCTION The quotation above suggests that computing can increasingly be perceived as a masculine activity.

Cavin et al. propose that a positive attitude towards computers is predictive of computer course selection irrespective of prior experience with computers. Attitudes and experience Other authors, however, argue that attitudes towards computers are irrelevant to participation in computing, relevant experience being predictive of computer course selection. Clarke (1985), for example, argues that just as sex differences in mathematics achievement reflect sex differences in relevant experience, relevant experience is the crucial factor affecting sex differences in computing achievement.

This definition would seem to tap the essence of the above authors’ sentiments whilst highlighting the irrational nature of the negative affective state and its potential to exist in those actually using computers. Despite slight variations in definitions, computer anxiety has been the focus of much research and has been found to be a fairly universal phenomenon. Cross-cultural computer anxiety Marcoulides and Xiang-Bo Wang (1990) found that computer anxiety is present to a similar degree in both American students studying in America and Chinese students studying in the People’s Republic of China.

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