submitted 10 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

I think most all of us here on Lemmy are people with technical background. Most of my professional contacts remained using Reddit, Twitter and even excited when Threads launched.

If you are non-tech background, please comment and share what you do for life.

If you have tech background, upvote this to help promote this post so that we can find more non-tech users on Lemmy.

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[-] [email protected] 287 points 10 months ago

Work on/build racecars. Some of it's very technical, but probably not the type you're asking about. Also a woman. I'm checking off all the abnormal demographics here. Right?

[-] [email protected] 83 points 10 months ago

We should normalize what you do. Woman can build racecars or do any other work a man can. Great work, keep it up!

[-] [email protected] 46 points 10 months ago

@techconsulnerd I agree!!! It's been a very, very slow process, but I have been seeing more women in motorsports, which is awesome. Even F1 has a new series F1 Academy, which is an all women series. I'm way too old, but if I was younger, I'd sure be trying to get in.

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[-] Cybermass 28 points 10 months ago

Yeah the only other abnormal demographic I can think of is being totally normal and well functioning mentally.

But I mean c'mon, this is an internet forum, we are all nuts here haha

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[-] [email protected] 193 points 10 months ago

62 years old woman, semi-retired, only work part time now. I was in the travel business. Found Lemmy thru a Reddit comment a few months ago. Felt the need for a change. Currently with Lemmy, Kbin and Mastodon, trying to find my place.

[-] [email protected] 37 points 10 months ago

That's like the coolest thing. I hope you feel super welcome here.

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[-] [email protected] 166 points 10 months ago

Non tech background here. I work in a steel mill and see social media as entertainment. A time killer.

[-] mean_bean279 24 points 10 months ago

Dope, steel mills always seemed like a cool place to work. The large mechanical machines everywhere and the way that Liquid Metal pours is always cool AF.

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[-] BakingCookies 107 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

I'm a substitute teacher, and definitely not technical but my husband is, and he introduced me to Reddit many years ago. It was fun but I only ever used it on the RIF app. When I saw what was happening last month, I read a thread that suggested Lemmy as an alternative so here I am.

[-] Cybermass 29 points 10 months ago
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[-] [email protected] 101 points 10 months ago

I'm an assembly line worker and have been for about five years now at different factories. Refrigerators, car parts, ag equipment, etc.

There's a job opening coming up at a plant that offers college benefits though, so hopefully I get to join y'all in tech in a few years. Hopefully working with so many robots and machines will give me an advantage through sheer osmosis lol

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[-] [email protected] 78 points 10 months ago

I'm a stay at home mom, no professional tech background. I came here to get away from Reddit. I am considered the "tech support" for my family and friends though. :-)

[-] Iusedtobeanadventurer 20 points 10 months ago
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[-] [email protected] 68 points 10 months ago

I'm a biologist, but have always been fairly techy in my own time outside of my work. Definitely not much of a tech person though, I can't code or anything like that. Can troubleshoot most of my own technical issues though and built a PC.

[-] [email protected] 22 points 10 months ago

I think if you can troubleshoot your own built PC, that's pretty much a tech person, even though you can't code.

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[-] uhauljoe 61 points 10 months ago

I'm non tech.

I just work as essentially an administrative assistant in a real estate-esque office making $20 an hour.

Just a married woman in her 20s who is sick of Reddit's shit.

[-] [email protected] 56 points 10 months ago

Arborist. No real tech background or skills but always been interested in tech trends and issues, so I keep up with those things more than the average person.

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[-] Bkr1221 52 points 10 months ago

I do not have a tech background. I am a baker in my mid 30's. I became sick of reddits shit, and once RIF was gone I was done.

I really like Lemmy, even though I admit it is a bit confusing at times, but I've gotten the jist of it I think.

[-] Katyacat1 51 points 10 months ago

Therapist. I'm not very techy at all.

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[-] [email protected] 50 points 10 months ago

Non-tech Background. I work for a big union and migrated here from reddit, which was my only social media site I would use.

[-] nOvA_NoVa 45 points 10 months ago

Am just a poor peasent fastfood worker lol, I joined Lemmy because I was looking for reddits alts and I saw some people saying "don't try to understand it too much just sign up" so I did.

[-] AlaskaMan 42 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

Before becoming a stay-at-home dad, I was a state investigator (and a police officer prior to that). I investigated medical doctors and nurses on behalf of their respective state licensing boards, investigating things like application fraud, substandard care, unprofessional conduct, and drug diversion.

My tech skills are limited to building a PC and basic troubleshooting.

My wife is a therapist and she’s considering making the jump from Reddit to Lemmy.

Fuck spez.

[-] ClevelandRock 38 points 10 months ago

I'm disabled and unemployed with only a GED education. I'm not a programmer or anything. I taught myself basic HTML in 1997 when I was 10, but that's about as far as I go. I know juuuuust enough about tech to understand and appreciate that Lemmy is decentralized and open-source.

But I think you'll find that a lot of new users are only here because Spez is ruining Reddit. All they're looking for is a Reddit that doesn't suck.

[-] chairman 37 points 10 months ago

Very technical. Technically, I build chairs!!

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[-] [email protected] 37 points 10 months ago

I'm a baker. Found lemmy through a friend

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[-] [email protected] 37 points 10 months ago

Non-tech background. I'm a book editor and when the Snoopocalypse happened, most of the niche communities I was a part of were shut down in protest, so I decided to give Lemmy a try. Loving it so far, as it seems way less toxic.

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[-] SelfHigh5 35 points 10 months ago

I work in a bakery. I used to be a nurse. But my husband is in tech otherwise I wouldn’t know about Lemmy more than likely.

[-] [email protected] 34 points 10 months ago

Just a regular 'ol retail worker. I'm so glad Lemmy was here to save my lunch breaks from reddit.

[-] MadBabs 31 points 10 months ago

I'm a massage therapist just blundering my way through this space...

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[-] iamdisillusioned 31 points 10 months ago

Legal field for me, but I'll be honest. I was planning on quitting Reddit cold turkey and doing something else with my free time but my software project manager husband kept talking about Lemmy, so here I am.

[-] wwaxwork 30 points 10 months ago

Stay at home wife. I used to work as a bookkeeper, now dealing with some health issues. However I am 55 and have used computers since as long as i can remember, I learned how to use punch cards in what you yanks would call middle school. So I don't work in tech, but it doesn't bother me to learn new things. Lemmy reminds me of the good old days of BBS and just trying things out to see what stuck.

[-] [email protected] 29 points 10 months ago

non tech, i currently am not working but i have a bachelor’s degree in paleontology and am currently studying for my master’s in museum studies. my partner is a programmer but i’m the one that introduced her to lemmy

[-] [email protected] 28 points 10 months ago
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[-] Cross 28 points 10 months ago

Union ironworker, mainly do heavy rigging and crane work. Not tech related at all, but I've helped build data c enters all over the US

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 10 months ago

Family law attorney who hates bullies. Fuck spez!

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 10 months ago

I'm a truck driver though I do have a Master's in maths. Make of that what you will.

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[-] MuffinHeeler 25 points 10 months ago

I'm a mom that works part time in accounts. Definitely not IT technical.

Here because Apollo and RIF have gone and I saw reddit posts directing me here. Might leave because 50% of the posts here are "reddit is shit" and I'm just not that interested in that circle jerk.

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[-] [email protected] 25 points 10 months ago

Classical composer here, and choral conductor. I've always been a computer person, but I don't have a background on tech stuff.

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[-] rozwud 25 points 10 months ago

I'm a music teacher!

[-] Blastoid5000 24 points 10 months ago

I'm non-tech. I swing a hammer for a living.

The extent of my knowledge is building my gaming PC and a bit of HTML 20 years ago. I'm still a bit confused as to what is going on, but I'm managing.

I think more people will migrate here once more apps create accessibility for the layperson.

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[-] [email protected] 22 points 10 months ago

Not technical at all, I work in Learning & Development at a company. I am always reading the comments and try to learn, but sometimes I have really no clue what you guys are talking about haha!

Yesterday someone was expleaning about adblocker and all the comments were like: "Yeah, who can live without it..." Well, me I guess? And I saw one that was highly recommended so I downloaded it, because why not try it out right? But apparently it's not for your phone. Or I didn't have the right app to support it on my phone.

I was thinking about asking it in the comments of the thread, but like you said: I think a lot of people here have a tech background and although everyone is very nice, I think the explanation might go over my head.

I don't want to give people the feeling I get when I'm trying to explain to my mom over the phone how she can e-mail a file on her computer. It can be very frustrating ;)

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[-] [email protected] 22 points 10 months ago

Pre-Med student here. Just ya average non-average queer neurodivergent zoomer. I'm not from a tech background, but I do use Linux, which basically makes me a programmer 😎

[-] Aeolian 22 points 10 months ago

I'm a social worker at an elementary school. My tech abilities are limited to addressing cyberbullying amongst 9 year olds.

[-] [email protected] 21 points 10 months ago
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[-] [email protected] 20 points 10 months ago

Non- tech: I’m a psychiatrist, generally working with offenders in hospital and prisons. The clinical work is always interesting, and im usually thankful for openness at which people spill their life stories to me.

Tech: I’ve kinda thought myself software development since I started working as a doctor. There’s just too much inefficiencies in the way we work clinically day-to-day due to the sheer amount of defensive practice inherent in the health system. Started off with personal tools to “assist” the electronic systems in place. But since then I’ve launched and maintained a number of digital clinical tools in a few local hospital which I’m pretty proud of.

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[-] [email protected] 20 points 10 months ago

I majored in English, now I make artisanal pizzas.

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[-] [email protected] 20 points 10 months ago

I'm a security officer. Reddit pissed me off with all the rules and I was looking for somewhere that the internet felt more like the good old days. Haven't found it yet but lemmy is like a breath of fresh air

[-] Squidquid 20 points 10 months ago

Not a techie. Paramedic / firefighter - I'm not the most tech literate, but I manage to get by lol

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