For this blog post we were supposed to pay close attention to our daily use of technology and unfortunately I am a bit embarrassed. I have two social media internships so I guess that might cut me some slack but still I am constantly attached to some technological device during the majority of the day. Also for some reason this semester’s classes have decided to go green and distribute most of our reading materials and assignments online.
Throughout the day I use two different alarms on two different technologies to make my non-morning self wake up on time. I then check my email and spend the morning getting ready to 8tracks.com, like Soundcloud. I then either make tea or coffee with some technology and am off to class. I always use my computer to type notes in Evernote during lectures and discussions. Sometimes these are recorded added to the embedded technology on my laptop.
When it is time to do homework or work for my internships I am balancing between reading online, typing a paper, or checking one of four twitter handles on Tweetdeck, my phone or the Twitter website. I also utilize Facebook to promote events and once again emails!
Today’s society is full of a variety of technologies that keep us students and employees buzzing all day long, who knows when it will end if the projected future is more, more and even more technological advances.
After doing this assignment, I was not surprised to realize that computers are taking over the world. One item in particular takes the cake for my most used computerized electronic and that item is…my iPhone! I don’t care that I am dependent on my phone. That thing is a genius that I can hold in my hand and take everywhere with me. Last night I used it to email, surf the internet, text and video chat with my friends, and shop online with the Gilt app. I also used my phone to listen to music especially Adele, play games like bowling, and discover new information on my BBC app. I constantly update my Facebook and Twitter on my iPhone and go on these sites exclusively when I’m on my phone. The real question is what can’t the iPhone do? Nothing!
I also used my laptop last night, which wouldn’t even be a necessity for me because of how often I am on my iPhone. I had to write a few blog posts and a bit of a paper that is due soon. If I didn’t need to use Word on my computer than I wouldn’t have used my computer at all because I prefer how the convenience of my phone.
Overall, last night was a good example of how I use computerized devices in my daily life. Technology has become such a crucial part of our modern society and I’m surprised by just how reliable it has become. There seems to be less bugs, viruses, and problems with all of my Apple technology, which is really comforting. Computers have become so accessible and easy to use, which explains why they have become more widespread. They allow you to adapt to any situation you’re in by finding where you are and what there is to do around you. Computerized devices are such an important part of my life because they are efficient, reliable, convenient, and make me accessible to the people I want to be accessible to.
Besides the electronics I used every day such as my cell phone and computer, I was surprised to find that I don’t really use many computerized things other than my laptop. However, my laptop is almost never closed! I use it in class, outside of class, at the library, in my room, and because I’m using so often, the only times I’ve ever needed to close the screen is when I am transporting it in my bag to another place. I don’t have an ipad or kindle/nook, just a computer and cell phone. And while that seems fairly technologically simple these days, I find that I am on my computer for almost everything. Because I have a blackberry instead of an iphone, I don’t use it for anything other than contacting my friends through text/BBM… if I had the iphone I’m sure I would use it as often as my computer depending on where I was. My computer was used for Facebook/all school related things/skype/music/and online shopping. I’ve found that I’m an online, surfing shopaholic. I spend a lot of my free time when just talking to friends on different sites just looking but never buying. Even when I’m using other electronics such as my TV, I’m on my computer simultaneously online shopping or facebooking when I’m not doing my homework. If you were to ask me to live an evening without my laptop, it would be extremely difficult. While most people say their cell phones are glued to their hands, I think I would rather spend that evening without my blackberry rather than my computer. This got me thinking about how important the internet is in my life, and even though my smart phone is internet accessible, there is nothing like having a 13 inch screen. I believe now that it is not the device itself that is so important in our lives but rather the internet. Maybe for those people with iphone who are addicted to their games, their devices hold a larger place in their lives, but for me it is access to the internet that makes my computerized lifestyle so valuable to me. I think buying an iphone or computerized tablet such as the Nook/ipad would add extra chaos to my life where I would be using multiple devices to contribute to my computerized lifestyle fueling my internet addiction rather than the one laptop computer I’m currently attached to now.
Last night, I kept track of all of the computerized and technological devices I used. Surprisingly, I didn’t use too many different things. However, I found that I use the same devices for many different reasons. The devices I used were my phone and laptop.
Computer. I used my laptop for many things last night. Most importantly, I was writing a paper that required me to research many different scholarly articles. I used the Wisconsin homepage to access journal databases and Google to search other random facts and articles. Of course, in between all of this, I procrastinated by using Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and Pinterest. I also subscribed to a free month of Netflix! Also for the paper I was writing, I had to watch a movie and take notes on it and used Microsoft Word to do so. I used my laptop for one reason or another for about 5 hours. When it comes to completing class assignments that require me to use a laptop, this is a pretty typical amount of time for me to spend on my computer in a night.
Phone. I used my phone for several reasons last night. Obviously, I was texting throughout the night up until I went to bed, but I also used it to Tweet a few times, including a Tweet with a picture that I took with my phone last night. I don’t always use my phone to take pictures, so that was a little out of the ordinary, at least for a weeknight. I don’t generally care for the quality of pictures my Blackberry takes.
Overall, last night was a pretty typical night in regards to what devices I used, for what reasons, and for how long. The only out of the ordinary part was taking a picture and tweeting it. While keeping track of all of this, I realized just how dependent I am on technology. There’s never a day that goes by that I’m not somehow connected to either my laptop or phone. I actually wouldn’t mind having one day without these devices that I rely on so heavily – it could be a nice break (maybe…).
When given the task to keep track of every computerized thing I use in an evening, it was really interesting/funny to find that I am an Apple product junkie. First, the computerized item I use the most is my iPhone. As I was a Blackberry person for some time, I have really come to appreciate the iPhone and all the different features on it, so I utilize it whenever possible. On a given night, I use it to communicate with friends and family and play a game or two in bed before I go to sleep. Last night, I used it to call my mom, play words with friends, and text my friends about our dinner plans. The next computerized device I use on a given night is my Macbook. I use my computer for both school work and surfing the web (twitter/facebook/shopping). I often find myself using both my iPhone and my computer at the same time, since I use them each for different tasks. Last night, I used my computer to finish up some assignments that were due today, and also shop online for a dress I need for an upcoming event. I also used my iPad last night. Since I was trying a new recipe, I pulled up the website to the recipe onto my iPad rather than my computer. Everyone always says that the iPad is just useful for travel, but I definitely use it around the house when I want to play games or do other things that I don’t need my computer for. I used my iPad for both the recipe and to play music while I was cooking. It is actually funny to think about the Apple products I use. I think technology and computerized programming has become so apparent in our every day lives that we feel the need to be constantly attached or connected to any of these devices at all time. I feel that I am often incomplete if I don’t have a computerized device near me, and that is a really sad reality. Now that I think of it, with all the Apple products I use, I should get an iDiscount on my next purchase! Haha!
Last night I kept track of my computerized use. After spending the afternoon working on a group project, in which we were all on our computers doing research and adding to a google doc, I went home to relax and watch a new show I have started called ‘Boardwalk Empire’. I spent the next three hours watching Boardwalk Empire free online. Sunday evenings I probably spend the most time “plugged-in” to electronics including texting while watching TV shows, checking my Facebook, watching highlights from the Badger game, checking my emails and looking at pictures on my phone and uploading them to my computer. The more I analyze how much I use computers and technology, it is safe to say I depend on them for a lot of things, but I would not mind if they all did not exist sometimes.
So I tracked my use of “computerized” devices last night, and I’ve concluded that I stay extremely wired/ connected most the time….no surprise there.
I was (unfortunately) at the library for several hours last night. As I was writing a paper, I had my laptop out. I was simultaneously researching for my paper, writing for my paper, and probably all too often checking Facebook, Twitter, email and my guilty pleasure, Perezhilton.com. My iPhone was also never far. I was using this mostly to text.
After I left the library, I continued to use the internet on my laptop to check my social networking sites, email, and to read lots of awesome stories about the awesome Badgers and the Rose Bowl! If my laptop is not out, I tended to still check these things every now and then up until I go to bed. I watched Netflix through the Wii, so thats hooked up to the internet.
Even as I laid down to bed, I was still “computerized”. I fell asleep to an episode of The League on my laptop. Staying connected through these devices is informative and generally entertaining. However, I wasted a ton of time at the library (as I often do) when I should have been strictly working on my paper. I will be paying dearly for that tonight. I also wish that at night, when I’m off the clock and ready to relax, it was easier to “unplug” and avoid things like email, but its such a habit to check these things regularly. I believe my use of computerized devices is probably pretty reflective of the usual college student, and probably a broader demographic.
Last night was the best time to keep track of all of my computerized use because it was a lazy Sunday evening and I had time to check on every computerized aspect of my life. First, I went to Associated Bank online to check to see how much I spent at the bars this weekend. That is always the worst feeling to check on your account and see multiple pending transactions that you faintly remember. Next, I checked on both my Yahoo and ESPN fantasy football leagues to see how my teams were doing. In addition, in order to complete my finance homework and online tests I have to access myfinancelab.com and do all of the requirements online. In between checking on my finances and homework, I ofcourse checked my email and searched online for other entertaining and trivial purposes. This participation assignment made me realize that almost every aspect of my college life revolved around using computerized technology. It is hard to imagine how my parents and grandparents managed everything in the pre-computerized era.
Last night was a crazy night to choose to keep track of what I was doing online and on different networked technologies. First off I worked my job at the UW Foundation T-fund which means I sit in front of a computer for 3.5 hours calling alumni and going through hundreds off computerizer records. During this time it gets a little boring so I obvi am on my phone playing Words With Friends, Tweeting, and checking Facebook. After work tickets for the Rose Bowl were going on sale at 9 PM and based on my experience last year they sell out really fast. So because I was so nervous about not getting tickets my roommate and I grabbed as many lap tops as we could find, between the rest of my roommates, and sat online preparing for 9 o’clock to come around in hopes the server would let us on first to buy tickets. My roommate couldn’t get through right away but luckily everything worked great for me and I was able to do three different transactions on my lap top at 9:01, 9:04, and 9:08. Needless to say I was pretty much never not using the internet and my computer yesterday.
When documenting all of the technology I used in one night, I was pretty appalled at how reliant I am on different technological devices. I’ll start counting from when I finished dinner at around 8:00. I sat on my couch and turned on the television. Obviously, I always have my phone on me–I use it for texting, phone calls, games, and a camera. After a few minutes, I got my computer to check facebook (I could have easily checked it on my phone, but I like looking at the bigger screen on my computer). While on my computer I logged onto twitter, my aol mail, stumbleupon, etc. My friend Jen was sitting on the couch with me and was playing a game on her iPad, so naturally I then played a few games on it too. Before going to bed, I turned on my TV (which I fall sleep to every night), set the alarm on my phone, and plugged my computer into the charger. Essentially I only used my laptop, my phone, and watched TV–which is what I do nearly every day.