With the click of a button, it is all available to me. A reminder flashes across the phone screen. A To-Do list sits in the top right corner of my surface. Faces appear as a screensaver and automatically make the electronics around me more than a piece of metal. It is strange how mundane objects can hold much more meaning that someone would expect. In my backpack, the binders and notebooks switch from day to day, but there are two consistent things that travel with me to and from school every day. My Surface and my phone are two things that I always during the school. They are a constant weight in my bag that I always have access to. Some people may argue that electronics distract you from being present in conversations, but I have grown to understand that they provide me the resources needed to stay organized, hold memories, and remind me of decisions I need to make. There are no better functions to an iPhone or Surface than their organization features. A permanent spot for a To-Do list or a daily reminder to make my bed prove that the little organization help can …show more content…
A weight I have been carry without much help has been the decision of whether to do crew next year or in college. It is a sport with many of my best friends, but most them will be graduating next year. When I open my Surface, I realize that not a single on of the four boys in my background photo will be on the team next year. Do I go through another year without the support system that has pushed me to become the coxswain and person I am today? This reminder of decisions to be made returns the stress and anxiety. Adding more weight to my bag through these decisions is something I need to address. Will I be able to carry the weight of rowing without the people who made me love the sport in the first place? It is a question to ask about how I will address the added pressure of a new team
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Cell phones in hand, and laptops so small they fit in purses. Computers at our homes insure we can get on the internet and surf the web for answers for anything that may need to know. As the growth of technology has evolved the past twenty years we have become more dependent upon it for everyday things. From alarms, calendars, ‘googling’, counting our steps to make sure we stay healthy, connecting us to our friends and family; simple things that we often take for granted. Though our lives are often ruled by the various technology pieces out there to keep us ‘grounded during the day, some pieces of technology are not healthy for our bodies and minds.
Would that be possible to stay away from our technology’s devices for just a day? The answer for this question will bring a lot of negative answers, and of course if we ask this question in a survey, “NO” will be the winner of this survey. Talking about the use of technology reminded me one of the sources from my annotated bibliography by Amy Petersen, who is the Theatre and Media Arts Department Chair and Associate Professor in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University. In her article which she wrote about the overuse of tech in our daily life and its affects, she said “If you would have told me a few years ago that I would feel completely lost without a cell phone, I never would have believed you. Now my iPhone is almost always within reach. My children likely believe that my most important possession is my MacBook Air, which is usually open and on whenever I am in the house. (“Jensen” par. 3)” Yes technology, internet, and cell phone became our best friends, and most of us can’t live without them.
Every evening after school I would flee home to the confinements of my room and bury my face in the bright white light of the iPad; and everytime I put it down, there was this biting restlessness to pick it up again. My social life diminished as my hours wasted on the iPad began to rise, and I began to feel the lost energy from many late nights. Though after months, an epiphany came. I awoke to find a naive middle schooler whose life was filled with nothing but the waste that fills much of Netflix and YouTube. I then asked my Mother to take the iPad away and almost magically my quality of life improved: I did better in school, went out with friends, and felt energized throughout the day. Yet, I worry. Not for me, but for those who are one step from the trap I fell into. An author, many years earlier, had the same worry. He explored this worry
We are all aware of how obsessed, if you will, today’s generation is with devices and their applications. When sitting in
Rowing, also called crew, is a unique sport here at the University of Georgia. It is rare to find the subject of rowing in every day conversations. In fact, it often hides behind the shadows of more well-known sports, such as football, baseball, and basketball. At first, I myself was not interested in rowing sports until my roommate invited me to attend a race. Thinking of the idea, I couldn’t imagine myself sitting and watching rowers move their boats a few inches in water every minute. Instead, I could be doing something more productive, like finishing my English paper. However, if I hadn’t gone to the race I wouldn’t have been able to realize the hard work and effort these crew members put into their sport. Although rowing is not one of the most popular sports around the globe, for some reason people still do this.
If we were to take a look around, there is not a doubt that we will at least see one person with a phone in his or her hand. Smart phones, tablets, computers and televisions are a staple in most common households today. As technology becomes smarter, it is noticeable that people are becoming increasingly lazier. According to a survey conducted by the Department of Labor in 2012, watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time, about 2.8 hours a day (“American Time Use Survey Summary”). This means people are spending more time in front of their televisions than they are any other activities in their free time. Technology is the number one thing people turn to, whether it is for entertainment or for functional use. People are relying on technology devices more than they should be.
Having a daily routine is a great way to keep track of obligations and engagements, but so is a cell phone. You can add events to your calendar, send alerts to yourself, take notes, and have the world at your fingertips. These days’ electronics serve
I decided to give up my cell phone and music because I am attached to those things as far as material objects. My day normally starts with music, even my alarms are composed of songs. I also decided to give up my cell phone because we are all attached to the phones in one way or another. We rely on our devices for entertainment, time, news, communication, and much more. Though, I do not use social media as often as many other, I am addicted a specific game that I played during my breaks and it’s the firsts and last thing I do in my day (restaurant story). That is why I believed that this...
Technology is getting more and more advanced. It is impressive that what back in the day people would make an extra effort to study, work, or to leave a certain habit. Mark Bittman mentions “It takes different formats for different people, and you have to build up to it; you can’t run five miles if you’ve never run at all (page 3).” Everyone needs courage to fight this addiction and if we preserve, we might defeat this horrible situation. In my personal experience, I’ve always said if you want something, you must give something in return. If we want peace, we need to absent ourselves from making any bad decision. If we want to take vacations, we will need to give time and get money at work. In this case if we want to be free from this terrible addiction, we need to put apart any electronic device little by little. Although, many people think that it is not necessary to leave our phones apart to have peace, other people who have practiced different methods to find inter peace affirms that putting any technology apart had a huge impact in their lives. Even though, Mark Bittman it is not a spiritual person, he found personal peace by making time to relieve his soul. If we give ourselves some more personal space and practice the beautiful hobby of a virtual break, we will find ourselves in a better
What is the most important thing in your life? The answer most people give is their phone or laptop. The dependence and importance of technology has increased within the last decade. Bradbury has given us a warning of the obsession with technology in his writing, Fahrenheit 451. Montag saw how obsessed his society was with technology because he noticed how "Nobody listens anymore. . . I just want someone to hear what I have to say" (78). Montag is frustrated that people's opinions are no longer valid because the society is too busy focusing on the fascinating technology. As said by Jane Weaver on NBC, teenagers nowadays spend around 30 hours a week using technology. Thats over 4 hours a day spent watching television or playing games for no educational purpose whatsoever. The mania for technology has caused many to loose focus of more important things like achieving ones dreams.
Since the Industrial Revolution, technology has become an essential tool in human life. Technology impacted lives in society by offering a way to “multitask” by using two or more technological devices. Technology and internet offers the facility to do homework faster through Google, while listening to music on Pandora or YouTube. Sometimes, you can even talk on the phone while you listen to music and do homework. All you need in order to multitask is to have all the technological devices needed. Many people consider technology as a positive change in our lives, because of the facilities it offers us. However, many other persons, like Christine Rosen, think that technology instead of improving our lives, it has only changed it negatively. Technology, in fact has provided us with many facilities, however such facilities are affecting our interactions with the physical space.
You wake up to the alarm on your smartphone, you then use that smartphone to mentally prepare for that day by checking the weather, Twitter, and Facebook. Maybe send a few SnapChats while you’re at it. It is difficult to part with your phone while you shower, but you still listen to the music coming from the surprisingly loud iPhone/ Android/ Windows phone speakers. It is then time to get dressed, but not before you ask the group message what everyone else is wearing. Then you get in the care and plug in your phone to the useless radio, because you have thousands of songs ready to stream, and your in charge of the content. The cycle of check phone, connect to every aspect of the world, continues throughout the day, and the nervous twitch I
I have been interested in electronics since I was a child. At the age 5 I made a plug of aluminium foil and I put it in the electrical wall socket. To my surprise I got an electric shock, the wall and socket consequently became blackened, we had no electricity for the rest of the day (I wasn't at all very popular). Following on from this incident, I was often found sitting by the side of the blackened socket looking at it and thinking. I never did try to make another aluminium foil plug.