Fear of technology begins in womb

Technophobia or fear of new technology begins before we are born, say researchers.

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2010, 17:48 PM IST

London: Technophobia or fear of new technology begins before we are born, say researchers.

University of Bath researchers claim pre-natal testosterone exposure has an effect on the way the brain develops that makes it either easier or more difficult to grasp technology.

Mark Brosnan, study leader at Bath said: "Lower levels of pre-natal testosterone exposure were related to anxieties concerning the use of new technologies, such as computers."

Levels of exposure were measured by comparing the length of the students` ring finger to the index finger, with the greater difference in length indicating higher exposure to pre-natal testosterone, according to the Daily Mail.

The study compared the finger lengths of 150 computer science students and found in every case, a clear link between a student`s grades and the relative lengths of their index and ring fingers.

The team also looked at 119 non-computer science students and found that a relatively shorter ring finger relative to the index finger was connected to greater feelings of anxiety about using technology.

The research suggests that lower exposure to pre-natal testosterone relates to general anxiety sensitivity.

Brosnan added: "Anxiety sensitive people, who may have technophobia, often think of themselves as failures or that they are stupid, but everyone has different strengths and weaknesses."

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