I think many of us that have grown up in this digital era have heard something to the effect of, ” you spend too much time on your phone/internet/social media”. I know that growing up this was something that I heard frequently. The 5th grade is when I got my first phone, granted it was a flip phone that had to connect to the internet to get text messages, but still, from then on I was hooked into connectivity. This video definitely emulates how dependent or attached we are to our phones and technology.
Although I have never had a class where there was absolutely no restrictions on phone and tablet use as the students who attend Convent & Stuart Hall experience, I think that all of us who use the internet, social media, or our phones for connection and conversation can understand their feelings of anxiety and nakedness so to speak when we are without our phones. In the day and age that we live in, we can connect to anyone and any social media site, using only our phones. I know that I have felt that feeling before when I accidentally broke my phone or left it at home, that I had no way in getting in contact with anyone, and I sometimes had that panicky feeling that this would be the day that some trouble would arise and I couldn’t get in contact with anyone. Obviously, the chances of that scenario happening are not very large, but this has come to show me how dependent I am even on my my cell phone to make calls and send messages if anything were to happen.
I loved the blog that Leo Babauta wrote about simplifying the internet. Before I started taking this class I had already quit Facebook 6 years ago; I was no longer active on my personal twitter account and was about to delete it, and even now I infrequently post to the personal Instagram account I have. Although I have taken many steps to simplify most of my social media accounts and interactions I also realized that maybe I wasn’t as on top of it as I had previously thought. Although I am on top of my social media uses, I realized that I hadn’t grouped Pinterest into that mix. That is honestly my weakness and where I spend time frequently “browsing” the web. This is something that I am wanting to work on personally.
The internet is not an awful beast that we need to be scared of or completely let go of. It is full of wonderful, vast, and important knowledge that we should utilize. I think all of these articles and videos that we watched had good points in common, restricting our internet/cellphone use will help us connect to others around us on a deeper level. The next time I’m around my friends, husband, or with a group of people I will truly think twice about reaching for my phone to fill the silence in my head.