Can One Live Technology Illiterate in Today's Society?
Technology in Society
Technology is the world around is and there's no where to hide from it. I mean even you bathroom toilet is the product and creation of some technology. You flush the mechanism sucks the water down and into the pipes, drains, and sewer system, and new water is pumped back in. It's not fancy, but it's still some form of technology.
Granted, the more sophisticated forms of technology by far includes computers, cell phones, and laptops.
Although, many people may be a little computer illiterate, I don't think that one could survive on being technology illiterate. There are a few people that may claim it though.
Computer VS Technology Illiterate
Being computer illiterate is one thing. Many people in the older generation can barely figure out how to turn on a computer much less successfully bring up the internet and search the web.
My mom, in the baby boomers (I believe), is a little computer illiterate. She knows how to turn it on, restart it, shut it down, check her email, set up my brother's computer games, and plug in her USB card from work in order to access her computer from the office. I mean that may sound like a lot that she does know how to do, but she can't search the web, fix a basic computer problem, or start a virus scan.
But, being computer illiterate does not stop my mom from running the microwave, oven, stove, toilet, shower, sink, washing machine, or dryer. It doesn't stop her from driving her car to the back and accessing the ATM. Or using her cell phone to call the bank to make sure she has the money before she makes a large purchase.
All of these little things are all considered technology. I mean, they may not be the highest forms of technology, but it's technology nonetheless.
Being technology illiterate would mean that you use a portapottie or manual outhouse instead of an indoor toilet; you cook using a fire or a coal gril; and you walk to work. This particular scenario would probably mean you live in the woods or act as a caveman (no offense to any cavemen out there ;-) )
But, at the same time, one may consider the human advancement of fire as a past technology. Again, it in no way compares to the technology advancements of today, but to a caveman, it was an advancement.
Can you live as technology illiterate in today's society?
At least I don't think so. I believe that every advancement is a true piece of the puzzle in terms of technology. But, at the same time, the simple luxuries in life such as the microwave, television, and simple cell phone is considered technology.
If you can live without these things, than you may be able to make it being technology illiterate.