Seeing that it is Throwback Thursday, I must do what any social media savvy person would do on a Thursday; post about the past. I remember back to a simpler time. Back when I was in middle school. I had no cell phone or laptop of my own. I preferred to spend my time outside instead in front of the screen. I took notes using pen and paper. As I entered high school, my parents got me my first cell phone and a year later a laptop that I could use for homework. I still took notes the old school way and barely spent any time on my phone because it was your run of the mill, basic flip phone. My junior year I upgraded to an iPhone. Now my habits started to change. I spent more time on my phone and less time outside. I held off from Twitter, and Instagram for a few years, but overall during my junior and senior years I was glued to my phone. Now at UMR, I still have an iPhone but the novelty has worn off so I am not nearly as entertained by it. As a matter of fact, I don’t have a single game installed on my laptop or phone and haven’t for at least 3 years. I now take notes on a laptop because I can type much faster than I can write.
For me personally, technology started as a form of entertainment and then has shifted to something I use out of necessity. A large portion of my use of technology is now related to work and school. Often two things that get a reputation for not being fun. But I still do use my phone to communicate with my friends and stay in touch. However, due to the mass quantity of unnecessary emails and useless social media notifications about someone’s birthday who I don’t remember from high school, sometimes even communicating with some of my best friends feels like a chore. This results in countless opened Snapchats I don’t reply to and longer than they should be replies to texts.
Ultimately technology and social media has it’s positives but I think it should still be used in moderation. It certainly has it’s uses in the professional and academic worlds but often times it lacks the joys of true face to face communication between friends. Instead of having a hour long texting session with your friend, send them ONE texting asking if they want to meet for coffee. Moderation is key to everything in life and technology is no exception.