Technophobia

Technophobia

Technophobia is the fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, especially computers. The term is
generally used in the sense of an irrational fear, but others contend fears are justified.

First receiving widespread notice during the Industrial Revolution, technophobia has been observed to affect
various societies and communities throughout the world. This has caused some groups to take stances against some
modern technological developments in order to preserve their ideologies.

A number of examples of technophobic ideas can be found in multiple forms of art, ranging from literary works
such as Frankenstein to films like Metropolis and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. As technologies become
increasingly complex and difficult to understand, people are more likely to harbor anxieties relating to their use
of modern technologies.

Technophobia began to gain national and international attention as a movement with the dawn of the Industrial
Revolution. In 1675, a group of weavers destroyed machines that replaced their jobs. By 1727, the destruction had
become so prevalent Parliament made the demolition of machines a capital offense. This action, however, did not
stop the tide of violence. The Luddites, a group of anti-technology workers, united under the name ‘Ludd’ in March
1811, removing key components from knitting frames, raiding houses for supplies, and petitioning for trade rights
while threatening greater violence. Poor harvests and food riots lent aid to their cause by creating a restless and
agitated population for them to draw supporters from.

After World War II, a fear of technology continued to grow, catalyzed by the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
With nuclear proliferation and the Cold War, people began to wonder what would become of the world now that
humanity had the power to destroy it. In the 1980s, the depletion of the ozone layer and the threat of global
warming began to be taken more seriously.

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