Is technology your BBF?

18 May

Picture reference: http://www.instantshift.com/2010/07/23/make-web-not-war/

Hello readers!

Technology is all around us. That’s obvious. Almost everyone owns a cell phone and keeps it close. With a cell phone, the world is at your fingertips. It is a very powerful feeling. You can stay connected to the world from a small device that fits in your pocket. Privacy and dependence on technology is something that I have been hearing about lately, so this assignment is well timed 😛 I think that for all that technology is good for it is also bad for. It is like a double edged sword. Technology and the need to stay connected has almost become a basic necessity such as eating and sleeping. As a matter of fact, I know of people who sleep with their cell phones and eat dinner with their phones sitting beside their plates; it is because it is the last thing they use before they sleep and the first thing they look at when they wake up.

Yes, technology has made life ‘easier’, and has helped in many different aspects but at what cost? People have become so dependent on their technological devices that it has replaced human contact. I remember a time where I would memorize my friends phone numbers or programme them into my home phone because if I wanted to get in touch with them I would need to phone them or speak to them in person. Verbal communication has been replaced by texting or tweeting. I know that within my own circle of friends I will very very very rarely talk on my phone tp them.  For me, it is just more convenient to text or Facebook someone because I know that they will answer. With a phone call, they may be too busy to answer.

I believe that I have a fairly good balance between my public, private and personal life in relation to social media. My public life is, well public. My private and personal life stays private and I share it with only the people I choose. Online life becomes tricky because the lines between what is public and what is private can be blurred. The online world is technically public. It was created to be able to connect with anyone and everyone. There are privacy settings that can be turned on but skilled specialists can probably find a way through if they really wanted to. Now a days, people place a lot of trust in the internet and give up a lot of private information by using online banking and purchasing items online wit credit cards. I know that these systems were built for convenience, but how private are peoples lives if everything is online?  I think that the more technological the world gets the less privacy we will have.

What I believe is most appealing to people about an online life is the fact that you can choose how you can portray yourself and you have the ability to edit-nothing is set in stone. You can choose to be whoever you want to be. An online life also allows us to be connected with everyone but also be alone. Technology is a way for us to have a voice but there are some things in life that I believe technology cannot teach us and we must learn them through trial and error.

Sherry Turkle mentions that there are people that are hopeful that Siri (iphone technology) becomes more advanced so that she will be more like a best friend. I think this scenario speaks volumes to the way that technology influences us and in what aspects we use it. It seems that we have more faith and exepect more from technology than we do from one another. Sherry Turkle said it best during the 2012 TED Talks: “we are designing tech that will give us the illusion of friendship without the demands of companionship” (Turkle, 2012).

Is technology your BFF? It is time to break up and find a new one, preferably of the human variety.

Hppy blogging!

 

References:

Cyberspace and Identity Sherry Turkle Contemporary Sociology Vol. 28, No. 6 (Nov., 1999), pp. 643-648. http://www.jstor.org.proxy.library.brocku.ca/stable/pdfplus/2655534.pdf?acceptTC=true

Sherry Turkle. The Flight From Conversation. New York Times Sunday Review. April 21, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?pagewanted=all

Places we don’t want to go: Sherry Turkle at TED2012. http://blog.ted.com/2012/03/01/places-we-dont-want-to-go-sherry-turkle-at-ted2012/

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Introduction

11 May

Hello readers!

My name is Ola and I just completed my third year at Brock University in the Public Health program (one more year to go!!) I have always been interested in health and health related topics and one day hope to work within this ever changing field. With one more year to go before I graduate I am trying to narrow down what exactly I would enjoy doing next 🙂 I am considering going into nursing because that is what I have always wanted to do. I also enjoy the hospital atmosphere (which I know that people may think is weird, because it is a place with sick people). I have also been fortunate enough  to work in a retirement home for the last few years and have been able to learn and experience first hand about how our healthcare system works and does not for our increasing senior population.

What interests me about the health field is that it is constantly changing, it impacts everyone. Health is a very broad career stream but what I like most is that no matter which avenue you choose, you will be helping people. That’s what health means to me – to be able to help someone.

In this blog,  I will be posting about different health issues that impact the population. As the tittle suggests, the information posted may not always be ‘good’ but I hope to inspire people to become more aware of their health and about the health of the population. I will blog about health related topics that I believe impact and/or interest individuals today. I will be commenting on the current health and fitness fad to alternative medicine modalities, the agining population, nursing shortage and everything in between.

I hope you all enjoy reading my blog. Please feel free to add any comments 🙂

Ola

Blogroll:

http://www.weightymatters.ca/

http://healthpromotion.blog.ryerson.ca/

http://read101.ca/brocku.html

http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/health-education

http://www.beckyhiggins.com/blog/

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/

Websites (similar topics and issues, sources of information):

http://www.everydayhealth.com/

http://www.oahpp.ca/

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.php

http://www.phecanada.ca/home

http://www.who.int/en/

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#health#fitness#publichhealth#healthytips#mentalhealth#globalhealth#healthcanada