Friday, May 8, 2015

Technology and Life

The topic for the 9th day of my 30 day writing challenge is: How is hand-held technology affecting public social behavior and interaction in the public space? It is clear that times have changed a large amount of since internet, computers, cell phones, apps, social networking, the media, and so many other things that have come to life with the technology age. I feel like technology and what is doing to society will always be a major topic.

How do you feel about your cell phone, your computer, and all other technology in your day-to-day life? 
 I feel like in some way the technology is holding me back from possible getting more done with Noah. However, on that same note without my tablet and laptop I would not be getting an education. My cell phone keeps me connected to the outside world, even when I am all alone.  I feel connected yet unconnected to the world around me. Technology can make it very easy to forget there is a world out there and it being seen on a tablet, computer, or cell phone is not the same as living it.

How has it impacted everyday street life and our ability to meet and deal with strangers?
 I feel like there are two things I have seen from technology in street life, 1 disconnection from others, 2 safety in some cases.
1)             We have all seen how people are out with their friends, partners, and family and no one is having a conversation. Everyone is sitting at a table on a phone or tablet connected to people who are not there, and those who are there are disconnected.
2)             I used to wear my ipod when on the train I cannot say how many men this has kept from harassing me. Furthermore, cameras, tracking devices, and other safety technology is irreplaceable and with all the damage technology can do I will never regret what safety it could bring.

It is so easy I feel to blame how people are disconnected on technology, but I feel like that is just a justification for society’s social problems. I think that along with larger populations, long work hours, fear, stereotypes, and other things are also factors for why people are disconnected from one another. But at the same time we have never before been able to have conversations with women, men, and children around the world. We can connect in ways that we never thought would be possible and with that we need to learn how to find a way to not look so far and find a way to stay in our circle and place. We need to learn when to walk away from the ease and comfort of a barrier between use and the world and learn to live with technology not through it.

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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.

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