…but I love it, but I love it (you’re welcome).
Digital dualism is a farce- and augmented reality is the new black, or is it orange? -If you don’t believe me, consider Nathan Jurgenson’s ideas below:
Our debate teams did an excellent job this week, and had me considering: Do I need to unplug to be an ‘in the now’ person? Am I missing things around me by looking at my phone? What are the implications of a digital age for my children who are growing up with devices all around them?
There are so many things to consider in this topic.
Erin makes several points in her blog that were very relevant to me. I’m an introvert as, and as such sometimes real life, face to face social situations overwhelm me. It’s nice to have a device to turn my attention to in order to ‘control’ the overwhelmed feelings I may be having.
Katia among others also mentioned the ability to connect with family and friends far away, and I also am able to do that effectively.
The truth of the matter is that we live in “the technology age” and I believe that augmented reality is how we live our lives now. Most people have devices, have social media or can access the internet at almost any given time. As such, I feel like looking at the idea of ‘unplugging’ as somewhat unnecessary. After all, when you are taking a break from technology, are you leaving the lights out and not using pencil and paper as well? These are technology’s that were developed once upon a time as well – why haven’t people demanded we take a break from using lights, furnaces etc? Wouldn’t we all become much more independent and resourceful if we challenged ourselves to live through a week of Saskatchewan winter ‘unplugged’ from our furnace (I know I said the ‘w’ word – sorry about that).
This connects back to our earlier debates about health and technology and finding ‘balance’ (in my opinion) . I think we need to work to include technology as ‘part’ of the whole picture. If we consider our children who were born into this age of devices and technology, are we modelling the best strategies for them if we have an all or none mentality? Or are we doing a better service to our children if we model moderation in how we are using technology and when?
As far as am I missing things around me by looking at my phone:
This is a good video to consider – is this what I do? My answer is no. I think this is a good illustration of what excessive use looks like and as long as your phone is not always in front of your face, and you can recall conversations with people when you didn’t have your phone in your hand – I think we can/are able to practice moderation in this era of technology.
I will continue to try to model moderation for my own children (and those I work with) and I will remember that sometimes I don’t require a cell phone!