Being fortunate enough to be born and raised into a financially stable family and environment was something that I never really appreciated until fairly recently. I looked past my ability to always have complete access to the most updated technology. As a child, I was able to learn how to type pretty much the same time I learned how to walk, I played games on the computer or my parents’ phones when I was bored, and the TV was always ready to be watched at the click of a button. The older I got, the more my life got dependent around technology. I turned to the Internet for ideas, answers to strange questions, recipes, homework assistance, and infinitely more.
To this day, technology has never been such an essential part of my life. I access Canvas and UT Mail daily for homework assignments. In fact, without my laptop, cell phone, or any type of access to the Internet, I am not sure I would even be doing an adequate job in school. Many of the organizations that I am active in primarily communicate through Facebook pages, Twitter, or Instagram. Additionally, the Internet played a crucial role in application process to UT. Without access to a laptop or desktop computer, applying to universities would be made a thousand times more difficult as I would have to physically fill out papers and mail them to their destination. This would not only consume more time and money, but it would be more risky as my application could have gotten lost in the mail and not be received, potentially preventing my acceptance into the college of my dreams.
Having easy access to the Internet and a laptop helped me in school in numerous ways. Rather than constantly erasing and rewriting my essays, I am able to make changes in seconds. I can submit assignments online with the click of a button instead of physically turning them in to my professors. I can learn more via learning modules and online notes outside of class, enhancing my knowledge in certain subjects without having to physically attend class. Technology has not only helped me in school, but just life in general. Having a calendar and checklist on my laptop saves me time and money from having to go to the store to buy an agenda and writing in it daily. Instead, I can type in events and errands in less than a minute. I can overcome distance with my friends and family by keeping up with them regularly through email, text message, Facebook, chat – the possibilities are endless. Without my fast LTE data plan on my iPhone, I would never be able to drive to different places on my own. Having access to Apple maps is the reason I am able to navigate to places I’ve never been before. Using a physical, paper map is not something that I never plan on using, mainly because it is basically impossible for me to navigate off of.
After reflecting on all the ways that my life is dependent on the Internet and technology, it is actually quite scary to say the least. Although I am grateful for all the convenience and quality that it provides in my life, my reliance on technology can be detrimental if it is not controlled. This can be seen when my phone dies just for a couple minutes. I feel a sense of emptiness and utter boredom when I don’t have access to my phone. Even if I don’t need it, my attachment to it is so strong that I need it to be working just to be satisfied. All in all, I have learned that technology has eventually come to be an irremovable aspect of my life, and without it, I would not be able to function as well in school, my social life, or on the roads.