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Anxiety in Technology

Alex Styl
December 16, 2014

Anxiety in Technology

Technology is changing. As it is becoming more and more advanced, it is also becoming more accessible by all different kinds of individuals. Having in mind that not so long ago, technology was a luxury of only a few, the audience of technology has been increased dramatically the few last decades.

Even though it is technology that allowed mankind to move forward, by enabling us to complete unreachable tasks and improve our everyday life, this change is not welcome by a large number of individuals. There are many of those who feel anxious in the idea of technology, let alone using it.

This presentation analyses the results of the research that has been done in the field of Technological Anxiety through the last decades. Insights are going to be given to what causes anxiety in technology and what are the most commonly research variables to this field. Furthermore, ways of preventing it in a very early stage are going to be discussed.

Alex Styl

December 16, 2014
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  1. Computer Anxiety
    Alexandros Stylianidis
    MSc Human-Computer Interaction

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  2. –Johnny Appleseed
    Technologically anxious

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  3. Anxiety
    • Psychological phenomenon
    • Occurs whenever an unwanted task needs
    to take place i.e. sitting an exam, going to
    the doctor, or giving a presentation
    • Reactions such as nervousness, sweaty
    palms, dizziness & shortness of breath

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  4. Computer Anxiety
    • The fear for computers when
    using the computer, or when
    considering using one.
    • Affects productivity or ability to
    adapt to new technologies

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  5. A rising issue
    • Technology is a part of our daily lives
    • Computer anxiety causes computer avoidance
    • Many jobs and courses are becoming computer based

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  6. Correlates of Computer Anxiety
    • Gender
    • Age
    • Educational Level
    • Profession aspect

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  7. What affects Computer Anxiety
    • Past Experiences
    • Age of beginning to use computer
    • Exposure to technology

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  8. –Johnny Appleseed
    It’s all about the first experience

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  9. Alleviating Anxiety
    It’s all about the experience

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  10. Classroom
    Extra care on first experience

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  11. Designers
    Special care on technology anxiety

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  12. Encourage exposure to technology

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  13. A good example of exposure

    Any.do’s Moments
    • Encourages user to start their day by
    planning their tasks
    • Easy to do, takes less than a minute
    • Every morning

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  14. Questions
    &
    answers

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