Nowadays, it feels as if everyone is being pushed to step up their knowledge of technology. It is almost assumed that people realize how important and even "fun" it is to dig in and learn more about the latest technology devices and applications. There is almost a sense of shame associated with not being "techy" or not being excited about "nerding out" and learning all the bells and whistles that come with these phones or computers we are all being encouraged to buy use more and more.
For those feeling that way, take a deep breath. The approach and messaging in assuming or shaming people about their relationship with technology is plain wrong and is a disservice to society in general. Instead, why don't we take the approach of viewing technology tools to facilitate our individual goals and desires for overall wellbeing?
Everyone is on their own journey and has their own definition of well-being and their own journey and relationship with technology. If we look at these journeys from a parallel perspective, it might help to take the edge out of the societal assumptions associated with technology education and learning.
Let's start looking at what WE can get out of learning more about certain new technology tools.
Considering the seven dimensions of well-being from a tech perspective, we can decide based on our own wellness goals as to whether or not it is worth it to expend effort and energy learning how to use new tools. For example, looking at the vocational aspect of wellbeing, how can a bit of a tech tune-up help us with that dimension? Well, I think we can start by exploring the new job and resume platforms available from Indeed to Craig's list and more. While we are at it, why don't we learn how to set up a LinkedIn profile and use that as our first step into vocational explorations online and social media platforms in general.
At GroovyTek, we believe that nothing should be assumed, and nobody should ever feel shame regarding their relationship with technology. We are dedicated to providing a one-on-one resource for people to learn more about technology on their own terms while always being treated with the utmost patience and respect. So, moving forward, don't let people tell you that you need to be more "techy," instead, take a step back and think about how you can use technology to achieve your individual goals related to your overall wellness.