Something which has always fascinated me is how some people are wholeheartedly against Information Systems. It doesn’t matter what efforts are made to convince them of the numerous benefits, that overwhelming terror of anything which acts “as if it has a mind of its own” remains. In this blog, my aim is to answer why exactly this reluctance exists, and to prove just how easy the use of IS really is.
First off, I have to admit that I’m not exactly a tech-savvy person myself. When people show me their iPhones, which they’ve just downloaded some new, exciting app on, my mind tends to wander and I struggle to comprehend a single word. Many other people share this same problem. It’s as though technology continued to develop at such a rapid rate that the sheer effort of keeping up simply seemed too much. So, to put it bluntly, ignorance seems to be the main cause of this fear of technology. People have a fear of the unknown and, as such, they avoid whatever forms of IS that are not vital in their day-to-day lives. However, this is foolish to say the least. Even the most unknowledgeable of people can make use of IS to help improve their decision-making. On the most basic level, websites such as http://www.imdb.com/ and http://www.rottentomatoes.com/ can assist in a decision such as choosing which movie to watch.
Secondly, I think that cost plays a huge role in discouraging people from buying the latest technology on the market. If a new product comes out, which costs €500, the vast majority of people will barely take a second glance. Is this logical? To me, it seems as though no attention is given to the potential benefits of buying up-to-date IS. Admittedly, it may not make sense to spend hundreds on an iPad which will only ever be used to play games, but, if through the use of technology, you can learn new skills which may increase your employability, or even learn of new employment opportunities available, then it’s definitely worth at least considering the idea. IS eases decision-making in a wide range of areas, and if a mere glance at the cost makes you refrain from buying it, you may miss out on the numerous opportunities available and may, in fact, suffer as a result.
The final problem which causes such an avoidance of technology is the fact that it is considered unnecessary. Often, when people reach a certain age, they believe that it’s no longer essential to pay attention to new developments in technology. This article, on how the elderly appear to be oblivious to many technological advances pretty much sums it up : http://www.digitaltrends.com/gadgets/get-old-tune-out-is-technology-leaving-the-elderly-in-the-dust/. As soon as someone masters how to work one IS, there’s another one out. And, so, they give up. The solution, as also mentioned, is to help these people. It is important not to just leave them with their ancient phones and tape players, but to reveal to them the ways in which IS can help. For the elderly, this could even be something as simple as checking out opening hours of their local store online to help them plan their day – an everyday decision made easier.
All in all, it seems clear that ignoring technology won’t get you anywhere. Closing you eyes won’t just halt the ever-developing IS sector. But this is a good thing. IS helps people to make decisions every single day, and an apparent lack of knowledge, desire or money to keep up-to-date with IS isn’t an excuse for ignoring it any longer.