A few years ago, I was on a flight from Toronto to Amsterdam.
As I sat in a small, rowdy, crowded plane, a man in a hijab pulled out a smartphone and started typing into the device.
I quickly put down my bag and looked at the screen.
It was a photo of the hijacker who killed 130 people on a Turkish Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Istanbul last year.
The picture showed the hijackers face, hands bound behind their backs and head bowed.
“No” was written across his forehead, and it was followed by a thumbs-up sign.
“We have to be careful,” the man wrote.
“I hope the plane doesn’t crash.”
The photo had been taken by a passenger, and the passenger had used the same method to make it look like he was praying on board the plane.
That was a first in the world.
When people use technology to make an image appear like they are praying, it can trigger fears.
It can trigger Islamophobia.
“People will assume they are being prayed at,” said Tarek Mehanna, a Muslim scholar at Duke University who researches the social psychology of religion.
The Muslim religion has a long history of fear and mistrust, but for many people, the use of technology has been the first time they have felt that fear.
In the West, the fear of technology is so pervasive that it has been described as the “greatest existential threat to civilization.”
In the early 1900s, an Italian scientist, Antonio Gramsci, created the first mass-media model, the Model of Mind, that gave us our first inkling that we were all subject to a single mind.
Today, the idea of the mind as a collective being that controls our lives has become the dominant understanding of the brain.
“It’s a terrifying idea,” said Mehanna.
In modern society, technology is everywhere.
Technology is used to manipulate us, to control our bodies, to predict what we will be doing.
We can predict the future.
We are all influenced by technology in ways that have not been understood before.
It’s like a contagion.
It causes panic, it causes alienation, it leads to a breakdown in trust, and then it can lead to violence.
Mehanna said he has heard people who are afraid of technology use it as a tool to avoid talking about religion, but he sees it differently.
“They see the technology as a weapon against religion, against their sense of identity, against religion as an alternative to technology,” he said.
People use technology because they feel threatened.
And technology creates new ways of dealing with that threat.
The fear of the technology has become so pervasive in our lives that we use technology in the most dangerous ways.
That’s why we have to make sure we are careful when we use it.
“The threat is so great that people are using technology as an instrument of power,” he explained.
In other words, the technology is an instrument for power.
And that means that we have a responsibility to protect ourselves.
“Technology is now everywhere, so people have a reason to use it, to use technology, and to use the technology for whatever they are trying to accomplish,” Mehanna added.
The world is full of people who use technology as tools of fear.
It makes them feel more vulnerable and more dangerous.
Technology can trigger a lot of anxiety.
People don’t know what to do with their own lives if they’re using technology, which is why they feel afraid and scared.
“A lot of people, particularly young people, don’t have any real idea about the social context of their life and their place in it,” Mehann said.
In a recent study, researchers at Harvard University surveyed 1,200 people in the United States about their feelings about technology.
They found that 60 percent of respondents felt that technology was making them feel like they were in danger.
In another survey, one in five people in Germany felt that they were being manipulated by technology, while one in six Germans felt that the same technology was taking away their personal freedom.
A third of the respondents felt they were “unstable” in their lives.
In Britain, people reported feeling threatened by the use or control of technology on a scale of 0 to 10.
Some people felt like they had no choice but to be on social media in order to avoid being “permanently isolated,” or “isolated” in the workplace.
“This fear is very common in Europe and in the U.S.,” Mehanna told me.
People in countries where people are afraid to use technologies and are feeling unsafe and isolated often use social media to try to escape from those feelings.
It seems like everyone is using technology in a different way, to cope with those feelings, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe.
“There are people who have a problem with the technology,” Mehany said.
The reality is that technology is used in a very wide variety of ways to make people feel unsafe and vulnerable. A lot of