Saying that I need technology on a daily basis would be a bit of an understatement. Just like the dad in the second article that we read for the blog entry I would say at times I am a tad bit “overconnected.” I love to take pictures of just about every thing I do. Whether it is of my food at dinner when my girlfriend and I go out to eat, or texting my girlfriend all throughout the day when I am at work, or at school, and while she is at home or whatever the case may be. I constantly am checking on Instagram and Facebook for the latest posts and pictures because of my fear of missing something, which in all honestly I never do. Why do I care so much about what other people are doing? It all relates back to the first article, I suffer from FOMO, fear of missing out. In all honestly I could care less what some random guy from high school that I haven’t seen in years is posting on Facebook, or pictures from Instagram, but for some reason I am wired to look every 15 minutes. The first thing I do EVERY SINGLE morning when I wake up is check Instagram to see what I missed over night. After that I instantly head over to Hoops Hype which is my favorite NBA rumor website where I catch up on all the news that was tweeted out over night, and the pictures that the NBA stars tweeted after the late night games. Then I head over to the NBC Sports blogs to check out the latest NFL, NBA, and College Basketball news. This is all stuff that I could live without seeing, but for some reason I can’t get enough of. Throughout my entire workday I have Facebook up, chatting with some of my close friends or my dad. I am endlessly browsing the same websites over and over again, Hoops Hype, NBC Sports, Walter Football, CNN, and WHAS11; just to see what news I have missed. My life revolves around the Internet and information, and just like the first article talked about, sometimes I get information overload.
Throughout this past week I tried to map out which day I was going to “disconnect” from my iPhone, MacBook laptop, or whatever technology I had around me, because I wanted to find a time where I knew nothing was going on. This was my first mistake, and honestly you should fail me on this assignment for that. Finally, Saturday afternoon got here, and I said you know what I am going to leave my apartment and not take my cell phone with me. If my Mom knew that I did this she would seriously have killed me because I wouldn’t have been able to get ahold of anyone if something happened, but it was a risk I wanted to take for once. I decided I would go on a run with no music, no phone, no cares in the world. I would then come home take a shower and go get some lunch by myself with no phone and just see what it was like. Honestly I can tell you it was HELL at first. I wasn’t used to not having music when I worked out because I always have music, it’s what gets me through my run, not focusing on how bad it really sucks. I got back and out of instinct I went for my phone, but right before I grabbed it I thought twice. “Jacob, you can do this, there is nothing on that phone that you need to see,” I told myself. So I got ready and headed out for a quick lunch with no technology. I actually found myself enjoying the day. No one could get ahold of me and I couldn’t spend my entire time ignoring the world around me and browsing endless amounts of wasteful information that meant nothing to me. I found myself with this sense of clarity that the guy in the first article mentioned. I didn’t care what everyone else was doing, what party they were attending, or what food they were eating. I found myself ENJOYING my day and no one else’s. In this world today we get so caught up in what everyone else is doing instead of really trying to focus on our own lives and enjoying the fun that we are having. This was the first time in a long time I just thought about enjoying my own day and honestly it made me think that I could really get used to this if I put some effort into it. It took me a couple of hours to get used to not having access to my phone and Facebook and the Internet, but finally I realized why do I need to do this? When I got back to my apartment I started to read the articles that were posted on blackboard and it gave me all sorts of things to really think about. This was a great opportunity to me to think about my mom and dad growing up and how they got by with no cell phone. I could really do this, only if I tried though.
This class has really been such a great opportunity to learn about technology and how it can be used in such positive ways to influence our lives and how it can be used so negatively. I really love using my phone for internet and social media, but there is one thing I think about using it for above all us. I am a strong practicing Christian and I know that phones were put here for a reason and the same with social media. I should be using my social media as not a way to boast about my life and all the cool things I’m doing it, but as a way to reach out to those who don’t have God in their lives and really try and show them just how great He can be. And that is the only positive that can come from social media. The class has shown me that there are so many negatives to social media and things that I really want to stay away from. One thing that really stood out for me during our semester with Professor Esrock was the privacy issues that come along with the internet. I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE to think that there is always some one out there following my every move on the internet and Social media because they want to sell my information to advertisers and Big data companies. I don’t think that is right, nor do I think that should happen to anyone. It made such an impact on me that I thought do I really need social media? Is it worth looking at all these peoples lives that I really don’t care about, and run the risk of my information being stolen or my name being sold to some one who just wants me to buy something? The answer was no! But I do like having my Facebook and Instagram for the reasons I mentioned above. I think it is terrible that we are being sold as products to companies who just want to make money, and to me that is what is wrong with this world and why technology is not good. I also learned throughout the semester just how big of an impact technology has had on our society. Who would have thought that there were theories on technology and all kinds of information, enough to teach a full class on it, WOW!! We have come such a far way from fire, horses and no technology. I think our society has developed into a bad place because of technology. Anyone can use technology seriously just for about anything and if that doesn’t scare you I don’t know what does. Everything is becoming digitized! They want to put my medical history on the web, and my drivers license, and track my license plate to know where I am at all times, and to me that is a complete break of the privacy laws we have today. Of course we have gotten great medical advancements from technology. We talked about some of the self-driven cars that are being developed by Google, and the technology that is working on helping humans not age, but is this something that is really helping our society? I love that we can use technology to help people hear again, walk again, and able to live normal lives, but we cannot escape the realities of the world using technology. I thank you Professor Esrock for the great opportunity to learn from you and all the information you have been taught in your years in technology, and I think that this class is a great learning tool for us college students. It is a way to find some positives out of technology and how we can use it for the better.