What does Techlexia mean?

Struggling to use technology

If you’ve ever had to explain how to use a smartphone to your grandparents, or show a colleague how to attach a file in an email more times than you can count, you might say they have techlexia. This term is a fun spin on “dyslexia”, a learning disorder that makes reading hard. But unlike dyslexia, techlexia isn’t a medical condition – it’s just a tongue-in-cheek way of describing someone who struggles with technology.

Even though techlexia isn’t recognized by doctors, it can feel very real when you’re trying to teach someone how to use a new gadget for what feels like the millionth time. But don’t despair – sometimes all it takes to overcome techlexia is a patient, step-by-step walk-through of how to use the device.

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to overcome their techlexia. Some people might just never get the hang of using technology, no matter how much help they get. But on the bright side, their lack of tech skills can give everyone else a good laugh!

Example for using ‘Techlexia’ in a conversation

Hey, can you help me set up my new phone? I’m struggling here.

Sure, what seems to be the problem?

I can’t seem to figure out how to download apps. It’s like I have techlexia or something!

Haha, don’t worry. I’ll guide you through it. First, open the app store on your phone.