When it comes to technology, I like to think I'm pretty savvy. I can install software, download things. Even when I had a trojan virus in my laptop earlier on in the year, I tried to fix it myself for several days before finally succumbing to professional help. *
But certain technology freaks me out. I look at it and feel completely overwhelmed.
Back at uni, it was the photocopier. Now, seriously, is there actually an easier, more obvious machine you can use than a photocopier??? But I was TERRIFIED of it. I used to wait until one of my friends had to photocopy something and then faux-casually ask if they could photocopy something for me while they were doing their own. I think I kept the secret fairly well hidden - everyone probably thought I was really LAZY, but they didn't know of my fear of the photocopier.
Thankfully, due to the numerous temping gigs I have had, I've became fairly familiar with the ways of the photocopier these days. Thankfully. That being said, I still have momentary panic when faced with a new one (fax machines also arouse a similar fear in me, I should add) and when there's a paper jam??? Don't even get me started! I can't work out where the jam actually is, the little diagram thingy means nothing to me. And if I manage to work out where it is, I then can't work out how to OPEN that particular part of the photocopier . . .
What else freaks me out? Oooh, the self-scanning machines in supermarkets. I would rather queue and have someone else scan my stuff through than have to do it myself. I have this uncontrollable fear that something won't scan and I won't be able to get any help and people are going to be queuing behind me, yelling abuse and throwing their food at me. What is especially weird is that I actually used to WORK in a shop where I had to scan things - and i quite LIKED doing it. So why the fear of scanning things myself now? Yeah, it really makes no sense.
And then today I was walking through Maryhill Shopping Centre after leaving Tesco and a woman popped her head out of the photo-booth thingummyjig. "Do you have any idea how to use these things?" she asked me. "I've put my money in and don't have a clue what to do next."
I peered in at the touch-screen that was flashing up with random options and felt nothing but confusion. I felt like backing away from it slowly. "Em - no." I apologised. "I really don't have a clue, sorry!"
I'm sure I could have worked it out eventually had I been trying to take a picture myself. But I was reluctant to guess and use trial and error when someone else's money was at stake. Because that machine would probably have sensed my fear.
And no matter what . . . you can't let them know you're afraid . . .
*I can even change a lightbulb. All by myself. Yes. I AM amazing . . .