After reading both of the articles, I realized I could relate to them both extremely well. There are many times when I can’t have my phone for an allotted period of time and all I am thinking about is how long it’s going to be until I can check my phone updates again. But like the first article said, once you get past a certain time and realize you aren’t the only one not on their phone, the anxiety passes and you start to have a good time in the moment and you are being sucked into your phone.
The second article definitely hit home with me because I have been on both ends of the phubbing spectrum. In multiple relationships, being romantic and friendships, I have found myself whipping out my phone to see if I have missed any updates, texts, status, and whatever I feel the need to check up on. In today’s world, we all feel the need to stay in tune with what is happening around the world, more than what is happening right in front of our faces. It is true that there have been many arguments between friends, family, and boyfriends because one of us is constantly checking their phone. It creates a disconnect with a person and a sort of dislike. I feel pushed to the side and unimportant the someone has the desire to check up on or text someone else when I am right in front of them. A sense of priority is lost when one person is on their phone while the other sits there and waits to get the attention back.
Judging from these articles, I can tell the major importance we keep with or phones and other technology. We feel lost and disconnected if we are off of it for even an hour. It’s true that life changing things can happen within minutes, so we feel that if we aren’t present (over social media) at that very second, we lost everything and now we are out of the loop. This is the sad truth that has come upon us the the recent years and I believe there is no way of turning back.
When it comes to unplugging from my technology and social media, that’s challenge I have tried to face before. There have been multiple times where I have deleted apps on my phone for a good month or two and have honestly felt relieved when I did so. The only problem was, when I reconnected, the addiction came back as well I the thoughts of “how could I ever give this up again” came back. Luckily over a holiday break, I have the ability to disconnect from the world, at least for a half day, and what better day to do it, that turkey day itself. Being a communications major, and having jobs that deal with marketing and advertising, makes it hard to ever disconnect from the world because my job always calls for social media and advertising connections.
This past break I was about to step back from my phone for about a half day and honestly I had mixed emotions. At the beginning I had high hopes because I could relax, but shortly into the unplugging I got anxiety of “what is something big happens, what if something terrible happens, I need to keep people updated and I want to stay updated”. Luckily I had the company of my family to take my mind off of things and the abundant amount of food to do the same as well. At the end of the day I was able to successfully say i stepped back and stayed away from my phones for half of the day. Not the say I didn’t constantly hear about things through my family members while they were on social media, but I was able to stay away personally. I don’t regret unplugging for that short time because it made me reconnect with the world for a little bit and made me realize I can’t take these moments for granted because I will never get days and memories like these, back.
Stepping back and looking at this semester and this class, there are absolutely no regrets with the things I have learned and experiences I can take with me, from this course. I believe that blogging was the biggest thing I am able to take away from this class because it is the first time ever I have been able to step back and reflect on what I have learned, in my own words. This was a way I was able to retain information in an effective way and still had fun doing it. Once of the biggest theories I would take away would be the Social Dependency theory, because I always knew I experienced this, but was never able to put a term to it. I now have a deeper understanding of the theory and am able to apply it to daily things.
I have learned so much more in this class than I have ever intended to do. There are days where I am able to whip out statistics from lectures around people and not only surprise myself, but the people around me. I feel more connected with the technology in this world and feel more up to date than ever before. I can’t wait to take away more knowledge with the few lectures we have left, and I know this will stick with me for a long time and push me to stay updated with today’s world.