If there’s one thing that there is no doubt whatsoever about it’s that we now live in a world that is almost entirely dominated by technology. For a lot of people, this is a fantastic thing. They use technology for work, for entertainment, even to keep in touch with their family and friends. However, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t know a motherboard from a monitor, it can all be kind of overwhelming. It would be fine if you could just ignore technology and carry on with your life but it’s not something you can escape anymore. With that in mind, here are some ways to get over your technophobia.

See the ways it can help

If you find yourself feeling confused and angry about technology, the first thing to do is to understand how it can end up making your life better. Perhaps you find yourself stressed out getting to work every day when you live far away? Remote working technology can help you work from home instead. Or maybe you have friends and family you wish you could see more often? Smartphones let you chat with people face to face no matter where you are in the world. Not to mention the ways that technology is making life safer and more convenient for all kind of people.

Ask for advice

Most people feel kind of embarrassed to ask for technological advice from the people in their lives. However, if you refuse to ask people how to do something, it’s going to be a whole lot harder to figure out it out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and you may well find yourself feeling much more positively towards technology in general as you start to get more confidence in how to use it. A lot of the frustration people have with technology comes down to wanting to make it function properly and not knowing how.

Know where to look

Of course, even if you’re an absolute technical wizard, there’s always the chance that things are going to go wrong. That’s just the nature of technology. Some people find themselves panicking when that happens but the key is to know what to do when things mess up. Knowing where to go to figure out how to fix this Chrome error or how to deal with a frozen Macbook are essential to stop you from panicking when it seems like nothing is working. Sure, in a perfect world technology would just work the way it was supposed to all of the time but sadly we don’t live in a perfect world.

Of course, don’t take this as some kind of attack on anyone who doesn’t have that much of an interest in technology. The truth is that there are plenty of decent reasons to be at least a little cynical about the modern, tech-dominated era. After all, we really are spending more and more of our lives staring at screens. The key is to find the right balance and not to let it take control of your life.