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Definition: Luddite


An individual who is against technological change. Luddite comes from Englishman Ned Lud, who rose up against his employer in the late 1700s. Subsequently, "Luddites" emerged in other companies to protest and even destroy new machinery that would put them out of a job. A neo-Luddite is a Luddite in the Internet age.

Luddite vs. Technophobe
A Luddite is anti-technology because of personal principles, whereas a technophobe is afraid of computers and high-tech gadgets.