Mindful use of Technology

i wonder what would happen if all of our devices crashed one night. What would we do with our free time without Facebook, twitter and snap-chat. Personally I don’t find trouble keeping myself off of these social media cites but it is starting to become a problem for a lot of the people I know. When it comes to how much time we spend on our phones and computers I think a major part is expectations of what we are interested in or want to know. When we have our accounts we generally follow our friends and then a bunch of other links we are interested in. I wonder how many of us are more interested in what our friends are posting compared to the other people or pages we follow on these cites. Is it easier to watch and learn from our devices then actually engage in person to person talk about the subjects that interest us.

While watching TED Talk “A year offline, what I have learned” done by Paul Miller I began to wonder how dependent society has become on their devices and how dependent they have become on getting their information from these social media sites. I personally fall victim to this. All of my sports and political news I see by following the major news and sports networks and its much more efficient then watching TV.

I personally believe we are in a time of mass knowledge being spread through the world of social media. With this also come the wide spread of pointless crap as well. We gain so much knowledge on these sites rather than just not be digitally active at all but we also see so many pointless videos and memes  it starts to become a time waster. We can adjust and adapt to these however. We can fill our feeds with useful information that can benefit us while using these sites which will slowly deflate the amount of unnecessary things we see on social media.

Overall spending to much time on social media can be bad and effect you in your every day life as we are starting to see in many people who just cant put down their phones and see what happening in front of them. Technology is a good and a bad thing it all depends on how it is being utilized and as future teachers its our jobs to stare our student in the right direction and start them off with good habits when using these cites and devices.

Author: blaineslitdigclass

Hi everyone! My name is Blaine McMahon and welcome to my Literacy in the Digital Age  blog page! I am currently a student at Chadron State College working on my major to become a history teacher. I am also working on getting a coaching endorsement to hopefully one day become a high school football coach as well. On that note I am a crazy football fan (Green Bay Packers, and Nebraska Corn Huskers), and I spend most of my Sundays and Saturdays in the fall watching and learning the sport to the best of my abilities. I'm also a frequent PC gamer and love the world of the internet. I hope to perform well in this class and hope the same for all of my peers. This years going to be lit!

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