An Assessment of My Technology Use

My Digital Identity and Recent Digital Technology Usage

            One technology that I use every single day is my laptop. I have a MacBook Pro, which I have also had since my senior year of high school. It is slowly running out of memory. I am not very good at deleting old documents and downloads. I just recently deleted the syllabi from my freshman year of college, and I am now a junior. I also recently deleted old assignments from the past two years, such as biology labs and journal entries for my freshman seminar. Even after deleting so many files, my computer still sends me a message that says “Your storage is almost full.”

I use my computer to do homework, read a reading, type up a paper, research information for a project, or email a family member or a professor. I also use my computer for leisure after my work is done, and I will wind down with watching YouTube videos and Netflix. I probably spend a little too much time on my computer, however, I am very grateful to have it. As a child, I always used my mom’s Dell laptop to play with my ‘Webkinz’ as well as play games on I used to think that you could only play games or send emails on the computer. I had no clue how powerful the internet was and still is. When I was about twelve-years-old, my parents bought me my first laptop, which was a Toshiba. I used that computer to do my middle school homework and to play games.

Technology has definitely changed since I got my first laptop. On my computer now, Siri is an app on my computer and I can use Siri just as I would on my phone. Another addition to my computer that I didn’t have on my Toshiba was a camera built in. All of my friends keep a sticky note or tape over the camera so no one can “spy” on them. Also, the internet is definitely much faster now than it was only a few years ago. I don’t have to wait ten minutes for my web browser to load and open. However, one change to my laptop that I don’t like is that I no longer have a CD/DVD drive. I am currently in the Introduction to Cinema Studies class and one of the required assignments is watching a DVD. Recently, I had to order a separate DVD drive that attaches to my computer by a USB cord. I also always used my disc drive to download pictures onto my computer from a CD that my aunt would create for me after I visited them for a few weeks.

Technology today is definitely a remediation of past technology. Like I stated before, I don’t have to wait more than a few seconds for results of a Google search to come up, rather than having to wait ten minutes or more. Laptops today also are more capable of many more things than they were. I can send a picture from my phone to my computer through the “Air Drop” feature which basically transfers a picture, video, or other media immediately to another device that is close by. Another difference between technology today and technology from the past, the battery life of any of my devices is much longer than it used to be. My Toshiba could never last more than an hour without its charger being attached. Another way that technology has evolved is the fact that laptops, phones, tablets, etc. are much more compact, slim, and light-weight. My first laptop was unbelievably heavy. It was also way too big to fit in my backpack. My laptop now can fit in my backpack and sometimes I forget it’s in there. My phone fits in my pocket, and unlike cell phones in my dad’s generation, don’t require a bag to carry it around. Also, when we travel, there is WiFi available in the airports, train stations, etc. as well as in the planes and trains themselves. We can use our phones on “Airplane Mode” while in flight instead of having to completely turn them off.

A video to show the evolution of technology from beginning to now:

Another video of how technology has evolved and how it now almost controls us:

Like in one of the first readings we read this year, the generations today write more now than any other generations. That’s because we type out a text, an email, a social media post, as well as working on papers and projects. The second video that I shared above explains how we are connected, but also disconnected because we rely on our phones, our computers, and the media to tell us what is happening in the world around us. I have always been told this lesson by family members, professors, and others, and I have always shrugged it off and thought nothing about it. However, while taking this class I have opened my eyes to how much people rely on technology use for anything and everything. As I am walking down Campus Walk, 90% of the people I see are on their phones in some kind of way whether it be texting or talking on the phone.

My digital identity will definitely be changed by this information I have read and seen in the above videos. I take advantage of the technology I have, literally, at my finger tips. I think I will be more conscious of what I post and what I choose to be public. I have said this in my past reports on my digital identity, but this class and what we’ve read and watched have explained that technology is everywhere and you need to watch out what people can see. I am also excited to learn more about the social media world and how popular and taken advantage of it really is. I see technology evolving within the next few years. The iPhone 8 and ‘X’ are set to come out soon, and Apple has created a charging station in which you just set your phone on top of it and it will charge your phone battery. I’m waiting for some kind of hologram keyboard or something similar to come out in the near future. Within the next ten to twenty years, laptops will probably not even exist, and there will only be tablets in which you have to purchase a separate keyboard for, like with the iPad.