In the chapter, “Where the Internet Lives”, Jennifer Holt and Patrick Vonderau make the statement that “our global media culture is increasingly dependent on streaming, remote storage, and mobile access,” (page 88). Upon reading this, I began to analyze my own use of technology. I use my laptop for almost all my school assignments, I use my phone to not only communicate with people that I know, but to also interact with others globally and to research information more quickly if my laptop isn’t accessible. My nephew is almost three and already knows the basic usages of an iPad. Within the past five years I have noticed that people have become more and more intrigued by engagement. About ten years ago, I don’t think anyone would be placing their phone in the middle of a table to hold people accountable if they were being too anti-social in the “real world”. I chose the gif attached to this post because I think it’s a good descriptor of most of society today. We live under the illusion that our “stuff” will bring us happiness, when it’s the people that we ignore while using our “stuff” that should matter the most. Some like to argue that they feel more social because of technology, but the article, “A Culture of Smartphone Dependence”, claims that “those who constantly look to their smartphones for stimulation and connectedness may eventually lose their skills in face-to-face interactions,” which is a much different concept from online social interactivity since it is what’s happening in real-time. Though technology does allow us to learn about the rest of the world and go on online interviews for jobs and schools, there is such a thing as becoming too dependent. Holt and Vonderau make the claim that there is a “race between our ability to create data and our ability to store and manage data,” (page 88). If one day, all technology was to turn off, how would your life be affected? Would you simply be out of a job? Or would you find yourself spiraling down into a hole of depression as you quickly realize that most of your social interactions were based solely on a screen? Though losing a job can lead to temporary sadness, who will be there to cheer you up if it were to happen?
Just some food for thought,