Selection Reflection

Dear Data

For one day, I looked at the type of music I listened to and the activity being performed.

Mini-Essay

When I was little, my parents were very strict about what I could listen to on my iPod, watch on TV, or even look at online. Even with these restrictions, technology played a large role in my life. The set amount of time I could surf the ‘family computer’ was the highlight of my week. From game websites to Microsoft Paint and everything in between, I was hooked on the internet. When I was in fourth grade, I faked being sick so my grandma would pick me up and let me play on her MacBook. As I grew up, the restrictions lessened. My time spent on technology, however, did not. My new cell phone and iPad were still my world, and hours after school were consumed by apps and texting. I still had a few rules concerning data usage, grade maintenance, and appropriate content posting. When I got to high school, my rules almost vanished. From my previous pattern, one could guess this meant technology started to rule my world. In turn, the freedom I had in technology made me less inclined to use it. When I was able to use my phone when I wanted, the time I spent texting and on social media declined. School work kept me busy, and I started to value real-life interactions rather than online chats. During high school, I noticed that my friends whose parents put rules on their technology use tended to be on their phone more when hanging out. This can be a comparison to any situation; if something is taken away, one is more likely to binge. Although I believe technology rules are important during childhood, freedom allows one to decide when and how to use her time.

Image Diary

7:00 AM: I wake up to my pre-set alarm. Because I do not have an alarm clock, my phone is the only way I can wake up on time!
8:16 AM: In my first class, Western Civilizations, my teacher shows a PowerPoint presentation on a projector screen. We are all able to see the information and take notes/follow along.
9:02 AM: A random number texts me that I have received a package. I do not know how Crosby got my number, but it was definitely the best way to contact me. I am unsure if I like this or not.
9:32 AM: I notice in my Intro Statistics class that the girl in front of me has been on her phone during class. She is looking at a calendar, obviously distracted from my teacher and the class. Seeing this makes me wonder what teachers think when students are on their phones in class. It looked disrespectful from my view.
11:30 AM: I go to the COG for some lunch. The employee scans my ZagCard, which has all of my information. In one second, I am let into the COG. It is so simple to just scan and go.
11:31 AM: I walk into the COG and immediately look at the iPads at the front to see what is for lunch. Instead of looking around at all of the options, I save time by swiping to see my choices right in front of me.
11:45 AM: I am at lunch with friends, and I notice each of us are on our phones. I jump up and take a picture immediately. Even though we are all sitting together, we are looking at other people’s lives through social media and texting. This is unfortunate to realize, as it occurs often.
12:01 PM: I stop by Starbucks for a coffee to help me stay alert while studying. I receive my drink very fast because of the various machines built for quality and efficiency. To make a cup of coffee, baristas just simply push a lever. This saves both the barista and I time.
12:10 AM: As I study in the Hemmingson, I notice various people watching a baseball game on TV. The proximity and accessibility of TV draws students in. Because I use the Hemmingson to study, a TV in the middle seems a little strange to me.
5:00 PM: I swipe my ZagCard to get into my residence hall. The electronic system knows which cards to accept to keep out tresspassers. This makes me feel more safe, and it is quick to swipe and go into my hall.
5:45 PM: I hop one of the bikes at the gym. I like to use these machines because they have a variety of settings. If I input my weight and how many calories I want to burn, it will customize a workout for me. The TV also has real-life videos on terrains such as trails and montains to make biking seem outdoors. I feel like all of the features maximize the quality of my workout.
6:33: After my workout, I get a drink from the vending machine at the gym. I swipe my ZagCard and receive it in less than one minute. This makes it easy and fast to grab a drink and head on my way.
7:10 PM: I go to the ATM in the Hemmingson to get cash. Instead of having to walk downtown to Wells Fargo, I have a bank at my fingertips. The draw, however, is the $2.50 fee I have to pay at this certain ATM. Because I have a night of studying ahead of me, I decide to save time, use the ATM, and pay the fee. Sometimes technology seems to be helpful, but it might cost something in return.
8:04 PM: As I work on homework in the Hemmingson Den, I notice that every person is on some form of technology. I saw few people talking to one another, whether the reason being they were actually working on homework or scanning social media. I found it interesting to see so many people looking intently at their phones, laptops, and iPads while sitting next to their friends.
8:53 PM: I needed to print something, so I had gone on the GU Web Print website on my laptop, uploaded my file, and headed to the library to print. Because the GU Web Print connects the file to my ZagCard, I just have to go up to a printer and scan my card. My papers come out immediately. It is easy to grab and go using GU Web Print.

In conclusion, I noticed I used most technology during the day as a means to save time. I also saw a pattern in using my ZagCard; I had never thought about how much power it has during a day at Gonzaga! Without these technologies I usually take for granted, my day would be longer and much less productive.

Manifesto

For five minutes, I conjured up every word I could think of as I looked at the word ‘technology’. Afterwards, I could not decide whether or not the words tended to be mainly positive or negative. I decided that technology surrounds me, but it can be what I make of it.

Multi-Gen Interview

I interviewed peoeple of different generations all around GU. Everyone of every age had a different opinion, positive or negative, about how technology makes us less satisfied. (Note: One interview omitted due to privacy reasons.)
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