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