As I wake up the first thing I do is open my laptop and check my emails. So, it seems I have replaced the checking my phone and social media with Emails.
Thinking about it now the last thing I did before I went to sleep was check my emails. What was I looking for? Its almost as if it is not the content of the emails I am interested in but I am looking for some kind of connection with the outside world.
I wake up on day two and instinctively look over to the bedside table to see what’s happening in the world. I pick up the phone but notice its shape is slightly different, only to remember in that moment the task which is before me and that I was in fact holding my partners phone and not mine.
The pang of adrenaline comes back and subsides. By now I am getting rather frustrated.
In my last blog entry, I mention that I will be doing some heuristic research into my own relationship to my mobile phone and social media. I must say that I tried every trick in the book to put off partaking in this particular exercise. Excuses such as ‘too busy’ or, ‘people may need to get in contact with me’ were permeating through my mind. It was nerve-wracking to say the least but a week ago I partook in the activity, Saturday to Monday no social media or mobile phone (including other people’s at all, however, I could use landlines and emails from home.
,The first theme I would like to speak about in this blog is the use of mobile phones.
I will be splitting this topic into parts. The first being, how mobiles have made us rely on being permanently connected.
Technology is a huge and for many, integral part of our lives. Many of us use technology and the internet in both our work lives (Emailing and researching), pleasure (gaming, watching movies), socialising (social media), even in looking for love (dating websites and apps), That’s without going into the more underground aspects of the use of technology (gambling, pornography).