There has always been a strange experience of mine with technology. There is a feeling within me that there is a difference between the people’s interactions with technology and my interactions with technology. As compared to me, other individuals have been more addicted and obsessed with technology. In the lives of the people, social media plays a very crucial role; it is regarded that an individual doesn’t have a social life if he/she isn’t on a social network.
I started to notice in high school that my fellow classmates had the same obsession. Instead of focusing on other important things, they were obsessed with checking their profiles on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace; and it looked as if everyone was active on Facebook. They were so addictive that they updated their statuses or checked-in at every point of time. It was not until my 8th grade that I got a Facebook account; however, I was not that active on it. As a matter of fact, it is just few years back that I have started to use it constantly. Earlier, it never bothered me at all if I didn’t check it for years; at the same time there were people who couldn’t even go few hours without checking the updates.
The only thing which bothered me was the fact that how people could get so engrossed in it. I figured the reason behind it recently and I found that it was due to its easy availability and an access to the same was hassle free. However, the things changed few years back when I got a new iPod Touch. Earlier I had iPod Classic which I mostly used to listen to songs and watch my favorite sitcoms but nothing more.
The new iPod touch, instead of just playing songs and videos, had some more functions. It was capable of connecting to the Wi-Fi of my house and with such an easy access to internet, I could log onto Facebook through my new iPod. Now, I didn’t have to go to my Personal Computer so as to connect to Facebook, thus my usage of Facebook raised substantially. It was a bit of a hassle to update Facebook using my computer. I couldn’t even see the images or pictures on Facebook during my middle school as my computer was quite outdated. I found even more issues when it finally got updated. Even getting on my computer was an issue, as sometimes my computer would log me out the moment I used to log onto Facebook.