Prior to “Literacy in the Digital Age” class I was on the edge of closing my Facebook page. I only had it to keep track of some of my favorite people – where they’re acting, or who’s having babies. It’s fun to see new pictures, and be able to cheer on friends who land the big part in a Broadway show.
My family and friends frequently accuse me of ignoring them because I’ve never gotten into the habit of checking my cell phone frequently as some do. I miss calls and texts, only seeing them when I pick up my phone, or plugging it in at night. I used to have a land line with a message machine. I always felt the need to answer the phone, or to at least listen to the message. Then people accused me of “filtering my calls.” Okay, maybe I did – now I just do it with the cell phone, right? Of course, I check it when it rings, and I hear it – necessary call? Do I know that number?
I don’t tweet using my phone, I only do it on my pc at home, so I don’t spend all day checking the “dings” that would go off if I did tweet. This was a choice that I made, to limit how I use Twitter. I don’t think I’ll ever be an “Instagram-er” or “Snap Chat–er” because I think that those who record every second of their day and share their every moment (boring or not) is sharing way too much information!! For that matter, I don’t think using these programs in this matter is safe – again, TMI, and way to useful to those who could do others harm.
I don’t always use technology mindfully. For instance, when I look at Pinterest, I’d better have at least three hours because I really enjoy that! Some of the posts I read right away, and some I save for later, but I know they’re there if I want a new recipe or special holiday craft idea.
Now that I’ve been introduced to some new programs, I may be using them for my upcoming teaching – for instance, get creative ideas from ds106. I think we lose much of our creative time, or even time to pay attention to our families if we spend too much time with our technology.
As an example, here’s a “snapshot” from a moment in my own living room recently: Me, my husband and son all sitting in the living room with the television showing a program we wanted to see. What were we doing? All three of us with tablets on our laps, monitoring our favorite sites. Holy moly…can’t we unplug for two hours?