Always ahead of the crowd, technophiles are the trailblazers of technology. They’re the kind of geeks who flock to stores to preorder the newest smartphone or who have the inside scoop on the latest tech. Unlike technophobes who fear technology, technophiles keep technology anchored in their daily lives. Being a technophile can make you feel very cutting-edge and savvy – here are 8 signs you’re a technophile:
- You suffer from Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) – the feeling that you have to have the latest and greatest at your fingertips. You love the thrill of having something new to play with and you constantly try to justify getting new gadgets. Your search history is probably loaded with forums and reviews and your Amazon account a stream of saved items.
- If a friend or family member needs input on a new gadget, you are always their go-to resource. They probably wouldn’t buy anything without asking you first.
- You keep your social interaction in the digital realm. Texting is second nature, customer support is initiated over chat, and “catching up” for you means perusing social posts and pictures of friends and family.
- You frequently have people asking you “Is that the new….” or “What is that?” when they see your gadgets. You feel special for being a part of an exclusive group of geeks, and you love how your gadgets can impress people and spark conversations.
- You’ve lost track of how many online accounts you’ve opened on websites and you struggle with remembering passwords and usernames because you have so many. Doing things online is so much more efficient – as long as you can log in.
- You have multiples of the same gadget. You might have three computer monitors set up in your office, or multiple tablets with one for games and the other for doing work. You feel like having more tech makes you productive and adaptable.
- You feel annoyed when a friend or family member has the newest version of a gadget, especially if it functions and looks better but costs less than your own.
- You experience anxiety over the fear of missing out. You often trade sleep for more time to spend online so you can stay on top of the newest trends.
As a technophile, you are like an agent of technology – gadgets are your superpower and you use them to streamline your daily life. There are of course drawbacks too as you can see, so we hope these signs help you keep your technophilia in balance. Do you identify as a technophile? Let us know on Facebook!