In 1811, a group of British mill workers smashed textile looms, alleging that these machines were a conspiracy against their labour practices. Ever since, ‘Luddites’ as they have come to be known, are a metaphor for people who reject technology outright.
And then there are the Technophiles, who speak unequivocally about the benefits of technology. “It helps you keep in touch with school friends,” they argue, even if that entails scrolling through an anxiety inducing, sleep depriving feed of bells and whistles for an hour everyday.
Both the Luddite and the Technophile treat technology as if it were religion, while sitting on opposite ends of a spectrum.