Living in a Digital World
During my holidays, I wanted to work out and make myself healthy. So, I decided to start working out from today. I wake up early in the morning to go for a run. While running, I used a fitness tracker to collect information such as steps taken, running distance and calories burned. After completing my run, I downloaded a fitness application to recommend me some good exercises. Each exercise was simple, and a video was attached to each exercise which makes it easier for me to do the same. I also used my smartphone to set up my diet plan in order to remain fit and healthy. My fitness was collecting information such as calories burned, steps taken, and my sleep quality. All these information which is making me healthy made me appreciate the digital technology even more.
Social media has become a significant part of people’s life, and I am no exception. I regularly use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, however, I try to did not disclose too much of my personal information on these websites. Today, my friend who is studying in Australia made a video call to me through Facebook, and he also sent me his picture for various tourist sites that he visited I Australia on Facebook. It made me realise the positive impact of social media on our lives and how it is making our life easier. However, I do have to admit that social media sites are very addicting and it is becoming is a social status to brag about something on social media sites. I see many people, especially children, sharing pictures with money, cars or expensive jewellery to show off to the world which is increasing the cases of depression in children which made me realise the negative impact of social media on society (Jelenchick, Eickhoff and Moreno, 2013).
Today I was free, so I decided to complete my presentation which I have to make with my friend. I realised that I did not have the complete information regarding the assignment and my friend is sick today. So, I opened my university website to collect all the information about my assignment. I also called my friend to start working on our assignment by using Evernote application in which we both worked together from our home and completed our presentation. I made me realise that previously students did not have the support of digital technology to make their life easier. They would have to visit the university campus to collect missing information about the assignment and visit their friend house to complete the presentation. Thus, digital technologies had made students’ life easier however it is also making them lazy because they did not have to go out which is affecting their health (Twenge, 2013).
During my Easter holidays, I wanted to surprise my parents by cooking their favourite dish. I asked help from my 11-year-old cousin, and she recommended checking out YouTube for a tutorial on how to make the dish. We search for the recipe along with a video which demonstrated how to make the dish. We also ordered all the ingredients online, and they were delivered right at our doorstep. We prepared the dish and surprised my parents that make them feel very good. Studies have shown that digital technology can be a negative impact on children, but after seeing my 11-year-old cousin using the technology, my thoughts have changed. My cousin told me that she used her dad’s iPad to do her homework and she is learning to code by seeing YouTube videos. I made me realise today that digital technology has the potential to change people’s lives especially children by proving them access to information (Mesman et al., 2013).
Today was a busy day because I have many deadlines and I had to make a presentation to my manager. However, I was feeling a bit under the weather; therefore, I decided to work from home. Thanks to my laptop and Wi-Fi, I was able to complete my work from home. I made a to-do list on the laptop to categorise my tasks based on priorities which helped me in meeting all my deadlines. Later, I called my manager from Skype to show him my presentation which saved my time. After being free, I was unable to hang out with my friends because I was sick. Therefore, I used Facebook to interact with them and find what is new with them. It made me realise that technology has made it easier for us to complete work and communicate with others without actually meeting them in person that has made us socially isolated (Ahn and Shin, 2013).
Ahn, D. and Shin, D.H. (2013) Is the social use of media for seeking connectedness or for avoiding social isolation? Mechanisms underlying media use and subjective well-being. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), pp.2453-2462.
Jelenchick, L.A., Eickhoff, J.C. and Moreno, M.A. (2013) “Facebook depression?” Social networking site use and depression in older adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(1), pp.128-130.
Mesman, G.R., Kuo, D.Z., Carroll, J.L. and Ward, W.L. (2013) The impact of technology dependence on children and their families. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27(6), pp.451-459.
Twenge, J.M. (2013) Does online social media lead to social connection or social disconnection?. Journal of College and Character, 14(1), pp.11-20.