Hello all, this here is my first post. In it I will seek to describe a day in the life of me, as an online individual.
In this day and age, with an increasing proportion of our lives spent online, it’s exceedingly important to be cognizant of just how influential technology has become in our lives. A recent report by the Pew Research Center found that 48% of 18-29 year olds report using the internet “almost constantly”, and that number is only growing*. In light of this, I think that everyone should reflect on how they use technology and the effect it is having on their lives.
A few days ago, while eating a socially distant outdoor dinner with a couple friends, a disaster struck that has altered my relationship with technology very much. My phone was resting on the table next to me and in a momentary lapse of awareness I brushed my arm across the table, pushing my reliable iPhone 5s onto the concrete sidewalk. Needless to say, its screen was in a very bad way. Since that happened, there have been moments when my phone was functional, but that has been the exception and not the norm. My interactions with my phone since then have included being unable to turn off an alarm during class and having to ask Siri what time it was when the screen showed only black and white stripes.
All in all, my use of the web over the last day was not very interesting at all, and consisted mostly of doing work for my various classes. In the morning (well maybe more like early afternoon), I ate brunch while perusing the news online. I then proceeded to do my school work. I accessed my assignments online, checked my email, and submitted the work online when done. The work consisted of a variety of assignments, from reading various articles to listening to a podcast about the importance of corn to Native American culture. In one somewhat ironic episode, I was taking notes on Ted Kaczynski’s rebuke of modern technological society while listening to Spotify and accessing his writings online. Other than school work, I didn’t do too much online today, which I reckon is probably healthy.
If only I could be a little more efficient while working I might get my screen time down to where my laptop lasts all day on just one charge, but as of now that goal is a long way off :/
* Perrin, Andrew, and Madhu Kumar. “About Three-in-Ten U.S. Adults Say They Are ‘Almost Constantly’ Online.” Pew Research Center, Pew Research Center, 30 May 2020, www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/25/americans-going-online-almost-constantly/.