why exactly are people so afraid of the internet?

At some point or another in our lives, we’ve all been scared to do something new. Whether it’s riding a bicycle without training wheels for the first time or eating a new food or experiencing your first year of high school or college, change can be terrifying. And I think this is the biggest reason why people think the internet is a scary place.

A XENOPHOBE is one unduly fearful of what is foreign. I guess this word could be used to describe a lot of the traditionalists and people who appose the internet. I’m sure it’s no easy transition to go from no internet to internet if you don’t grow up in a digital age. Some people have taken to it like a bird does to flying, but others fear what they don’t understand. 

They’re right to think the internet isn’t all fun and games – hacking, bullying, cyber-threats, and deceit – these are all real things. They’re probably also worried that they might lose their jobs to the new ways of technology.

But the only way to deal with change, inevitable change (which is what the internet is), is to embrace it. It’s time to take the training wheels off of the bicycle and go for it. There may be bumps and bruises along the way. There may be hurt pride or mistakes made or reluctance to continue learning, but it’s going to be worth it in the end. Progress is so important, and as I’ve said before, the positives will outweigh the negatives in every way.


5 thoughts on “why exactly are people so afraid of the internet?

  1. I really like how you start out this post about making it relatable to people. It also ties in so well with the rest of the post and ends with you saying there may be bumps along the way, but it will be worth it. After looking back most if not always the things that we thought would overcome us-we overpowered and gives us more confidence for the next obstacle. Liked how you made a post about this subject and included a term that describes these kinds of people that I never hear of, but can now be informed of it. I wonder if there are any young people that are a XENOPHOBE? Just a question. Anyways, Good job on your posts 😉

    • I do think some young people are xenophobes, maybe not necessarily about the internet but about other things! Though I did take a class in which we were asked to do a project on what the internet meant to us, and 20/22 people chose to do it on a negative view of the internet rather than positive! There’s definitely a reluctance to technology if you don’t understand it.

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  4. So I’m still trying to decide whether I’m a xenophobe or not. I like the internet. So many awesome, cool and exciting things are happening because of it. But I’m also very wary about the way it’s consuming our lives. Will there be a day when everything happens online and people no longer get the same face to face interactions we do today? I agree with your idea of embracing the changes, but is there a way to still hold on to the simple things in life? I don’t know if I’m completely ready to embrace this new movement, but I am glad that people (like you ) are so positive about it because it makes it seem less scary.

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