Hey, it’s ok. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to enjoy it! Really!
If you’re feeling nostalgic for your abacus, vinyl records and shelves full of books that don’t do anything but wait for you to turn their pages, you’re not alone. Lots of people are going through tech fatigue.
The thing is, even though technology seems to be leaving lots of us in its wake, honest-to-goodness humanity is still important.
Low Tech Personalities in the Workplace
Soft skills are more important than you might realize. If you doubt us, just listen to Google! No, not the internet search bar. The actual company—one of the biggest tech giants in the world! In 2013, they conducted a search to see if their practice of hiring only for the hard skills of awesome technology knowledge was the right path. They discovered that these skills are all more important than STEM skills alone:
- communicating and listening
- possessing insights into others
- critical thinking and problem solving
- ability to make connections across complex ideas
Wait a minute, you might ask, aren’t all those skills the ones you slap into your resume when you’re not sure what else to put? Huh. Turns out you should dust off “problem solving” and give it a higher rank!
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least get a baseline of tech ability.
We highlighted Lynda.com in our blog for new graduates. It’s a great resource for learning new job skills in categories of Software Development, Business, Photography and more.
Looking to elevate your thinking about tech? Get a more philosophical view from professors, scientists, authors and more. You might find yourself seeing things a little differently.
TED Talks are short, powerful speeches devoted to spreading ideas. If you’re looking to embrace tech, or looking to enhance your human-to-human experiences, or both, you’ll probably find something uplifting in the catalogue of TED Talks. Check out this playlist to get started: 11 must-see TED Talks
Seriously, when in doubt, YouTube it. It’s a great resource for anything from changing a tire to learning how to set up a WordPress page. Simply search for your topic on the YouTube site and browse the videos for one that works for you.
Smartphone Technology: Focus on What’s Relevant
It’s perfectly fine if you don’t know what a Qualcomm 820 processor is. And don’t worry, you’re not the only one! This article by Time reports that more and more people think tech is getting too complicated. Honestly, lots of people use their phones for a handful of tasks: texting, voice calls, pictures.
Smartphones are still primarily about communication. Video chatting is a delightful way to keep in touch with people you love! See your friend’s new haircut in real time, or get an eyeful of how your niece has grown! Download the Google Duo app to get started.
You don’t need to know absolutely everything about your smartphone. But you shouldn’t be afraid to learn about taking pictures with it, using your phone’s built-in calendar to sync your family’s schedule … stuff like that will make your day-to-day life easier. Really.
Learn a Foreign Language
Here’s the thing about the internet: you can use it to ask what feels like dozens of stupid questions, no embarrassment necessary. Don’t know what acronyms like IKR, EOBD or TTYL mean? Just ask Google! (BTW, those are I Know, Right?, End of Business Day, Talk To You Later.)
Don’t be afraid to ask your tech for help!
Your voice assistant is more helpful than you might think! Siri and Google are just a question away. Want to start sending yourself reminders? Activate Siri by saying, “Hey, Siri!” and tell her to remind you to pick up milk later. Want to know how to get to the new falafel restaurant? Just say “Hey, Google! How do I get to the House of Falafel?” Totally lost on using a feature of your smartphone? Try asking your voice assistant about that, too.
Here on Phone Awesome, we’re adding content every week to make it easier for you to get more out of using your smartphone. Just want to use your phone to text and call? No problem. But, should you ever want to up your smartphone game, we’re here to give you easily digestible instructions on taking and editing smartphone pics, adding fun stuff to your family group text, using the best apps to ditch the office on a sunny day … you know. Ways your tech can improve your life.