This weeks’ topic actually goes along with my independent learning project focus for last week. I dedicated the whole week to no Facebook. I have conflicting feelings about the blog post “Simplify the Internet.” The author seemed intent on getting rid of all technology, but he also makes some really good points about how overwhelming it can be. He also thought Pinterest was a time suck… It is NOT a timesuck… Maybe a money pit, but definitely worth it!
Anyways, as I was reading his blog, I realized that I am already doing most of the things he suggests, such as limiting the number of social media platforms we use. I have decluttered my email, I’ve combed through my Facebook so that I only see posts from people that I actually care about, and I don’t post frequently. I might post something on Facebook once or twice a month. Yet after all this, I still feel overwhelmed. I quit Instagram and refused to have a Twitter account before this class because it is all just too much. I can manage having Facebook, but I don’t know how people can manage having what seems like every social platform available and keeping them all updated at all times.
Multi-tasking with technology simply does not happen. When I do homework, my cell phone goes away because it is a distraction. I won’t even check it for messages because as soon as I check my phone I end up spending at least ten minutes dinking with it. If someone says they can multitask while spending time on their phones, they are lying. By being tethered to our devices we are losing time that we could be working on homework or on our hobbies. Procrastination wouldn’t be as big of an issue, and we’d also have more time to pursue our goals. By being tethered to our devices, we lose touch with things we need to do that are necessary as well as for fun.
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