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Can One Live Technology Illiterate in Today's Society?

Updated on May 8, 2011

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.

In Conclusion..

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.


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      8 years ago

      I don't think those things count as "technology" as much as they count for "just being civilized."

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      Alyssa is Technology Illeterate 

      9 years ago

      So, I have a computer, cell phone, t.v, etc. BUT I THINK I MIGHT BE TECHNOLOGY ILLETERATE.

      For example, Today I went to go turn on the t.v, but it wouldn't turn on, so I tried to fix it, but it started smoking?

      So then I went on the computer, and all of a sudden, it turned off, and yeah.

      So I went to go text my friend back, but my phone started smoking, and that turned off too! Wtf.

      Like, I have a facebook and stuff, and I even have 300ish friends. But I still might be illeterate?

      AHH, Hahahahha.

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      10 years ago

      I don't think it is necessary for everyone to have great knowledge about technology in order to live on earth. Basics are enough.

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Hey Whitney, In answer to your question, I'm sure giving it a try!

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Stacie, definitely. Everyone uses some form of technology, whether simple and less advanced or more high-tech.

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      Even the Amish take advantage of technological advances, just differently than the rest of us. Nice perspective.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Charlotte. I had intended to go elsewhere with the hub, but it fell into place this way too. I'll go check out your hub. It sounds interesting.

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      10 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Neat hub! I wrote a hub about unplugging from technology, sometimes we just rely too much on it, I think. People can do just fine with a minimum of technology, I say.


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