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tech shame of Gen Z

Ugh, tech shame.  We’ve all been there, right?  You walk into your new job, super pumped to show off your skills, then BAM! You get hit with a printer from the dark ages and suddenly you feel like you’re back in the elementary computer lab.  Seriously, who even uses fax machines anymore?

Here’s the thing, just because we grew up with smartphones and Insta stories, doesn’t mean we’re magic tech wizards.  Sure, we can probably edit a fire TikTok video or build a killer website in seconds, but those clunky office computers?  Whole different beast.

What is Tech Shame Anyway?

Tech shame is basically when someone makes you feel bad because you suck at using a specific tech thing.  It can happen anywhere, school, home, or worst of all, your new job where you’re trying to make a good impression.  And let me tell you, it’s not a good look.  It can make you feel like a total imposter, even though you’re pretty sure you aced that coding interview.

Why Does This Hit Gen Z So Hard?

Okay, so here’s the deal.  We grew up with tech that practically holds your hand and tells you what to do next.  Everything is designed to be super user-friendly, like drag and drop and voice commands.  But the office world?  Not so much.  Suddenly you’re dealing with desktops, folders, printers that seem to have a mind of their own, and external hard drives that look like relics from a museum.

It’s enough to make you want to crawl under your desk.  Especially when everyone else seems to know exactly what to do.  But here’s the secret: they probably don’t!  Tech shame is a real thing, and chances are, your coworker who looks like a computer whiz is also low-key freaking out about something tech-related.

Breaking the Tech Shame Cycle

The good news is, that tech shame doesn’t have to win.  Here are some tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Seriously, everyone struggles sometimes. A quick question is way better than pretending you know what you’re doing and messing something up.
  • Be open about your experience. Other Gen Z peeps in your office feel the same way. Talk it out and commiserate together. You might even learn something new from each other.
  • Remember, you’re a quick learner! You mastered the latest app in five minutes flat, right? Give yourself some credit. You’ll figure this office tech stuff out too.

Let’s ditch the tech shame and embrace the learning process.  We’re all in this together, and who knows, maybe you’ll be the office tech guru one day, helping out the next generation of newbies.

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