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Disconnected, Kinda.

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 4:29 am

I recently took a shower with my phone. While I came out refreshed and clean, my G1 cell phone practically committed suicide (or was it me committing homicide?). Regardless, it decides to work for a few minutes every few hours, and has the temperament of a spoiled 6-year old. Not to worry, I am alive. I still get to class on time, do my homework, and have great naps. The only problem is, I have been getting invited to places less (meals on campus, sushi-outings) and I need to trust in people a little more. Remember what it was like to make an appointment with someone, wait for them at the place, and not call them to see where they are? I’m living it. As my friends whiz by me on their bikes I find myself shouting our meeting-time at them so that they don’t forget. I must admit that they have been very accommodative  (by leaving me messages online and such), but I still feel a void in my social life. It is my fault. I showered with a  phone.

Although I find myself chasing down people and missing out on some events, this dead-phone thing is sort of nice. I used to constantly check my phone, and one tiny flash at the top of my device would instantly send my hand in a quick jolt to grab the phone. A text or missed call?! People love me?! Maybe I am being a little dramatic, but what I am trying to say is: I can breathe a little more. Instead of sending out a text to my group of friends asking when/where our next meal would be, I sat by myself on my bed and watched the people outside of my window. I felt a nice breeze on my face and witnessed a girl fall off her bike. I am not suggesting that we should all turn Amish or even French, but if we did, it wouldn’t be so bad.

Flowers beginning to bloom at UC Davis

Night Class

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Arriving at my 6pm discussion class about 15 minutes early, I sat in a silent classroom full of students. Although I have been in this class for weeks, it seems like each time I enter the room, it is day one. Students awkwardly sit next to each other and manage to pretend like there is no one there. One girl took out a cell phone, then glared at the screen as if she was paying attention to a presidential decree. Another guy was listening to his iPod and staring off into the unknown. They were in two separate worlds. These people could have just despised each other and were trying to be civil in  the classroom by ignoring the other’s presence, but this seems to be happening too often. As I turned to the side to bug my friend Justin about how funny these people look, he was in the process of texting. Instead of continuing my conversation, I decided to shutup and take a picture.

#1

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2010 at 1:52 am

Photos, Blogs, IM, Texting, Facebook, E-mail, Invincibility,

This technological age is bringing kids like me together! Right?

I am here to find out.

There are countless sources that tell you how technology will impact the future. It will:  lead to prosperity, enable effective communication, bring people from every corner of the globe together, all while managing to isolate ourselves. Do I believe all of these claims? No. I may not be a professional anthropologist or even have a degree, but I do have one complaint. These “sources” are all old people. They study us (kids who grew up on sites like Xanga and Neopets) and eagerly proclaim our futures. They are not immersed in it with us. Having a friend in “real life” means they are your friend on Facebook as well. If you only have a limited texting plan, say goodbye to some of your friends. If you don’t have a cell phone.. you might as well not exist. Our generation is socially dependent on this technology.

Being in this mess, I might as well try to do a favor for the outside world (old farts and drooling babies). To tell you, really, how technology is affecting us kids, and maybe even our humanity. This blog might not fully represent our generation of tech-children, but it will at least accurately portray the relations of technology and a few college students at UC Davis.