i took this in verona the morning after the arctic monkeys concert and everything was silent and still and i remember thinking that i would have given anything for the world to stay this way
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this is all literally such a suprise i didnt even know what to think about??? album??? and now ??? album is here????///////
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How Being Phoneless Finally Helped me Understand why Stereotypes About Technology use are Wrong
Last night, me and four of my good friends went into Boston for the Fisherman’s feast. My phone has been broken a couple days, so I didn’t have a cell phone on me, unlike all my friends.
As soon as we arrived to the feast, I was taken by it- the atmosphere and the energy that the crowded streets held was invigorating. The lights, music, and activity left and right was everything I loved about my city put on the finest of displays.
Immediately, I wanted to take a picture, and make an Instagram post.
Out of habit, I reached for my back pocket, and then remembered- I was phoneless-for the time being. My best friend however, had my exact idea- she began to snap photos of the lights twinkling above our head. We discussed how pretty the lights look in photos, focused and unfocused.
I felt shallow for thinking about my Instagram. Then, I thought a little more- why should I feel shallow for wanting to capture this beauty?
So many people, most of whom are much older than those my age, blatantly accuse my generation of “living their lives in screens” and not “being in the moment”. I’ve always thought that was a terrible falsity, so I decided to use that night as an observation to attempt to test these very opinions.
I looked around the swarm of activity, and tried to pinpoint all the screens I found- and who was behind them. This is what I found:
In my opinion, there are two different “types” of cell phone use. There is distraction- and enhancement.
Distraction is what this generation is fiercely accused of through their technology use- where technology inhibits one to live in the present. An example of this would be checking Facebook, Twitter, or emails while in a social situation.
Enhancement is something different- it’s using technology not to bring yourself away from your surroundings- but to make them better. Examples of enhancement- taking pictures- even selfies (for they will eventually become memories) using a GPS to make travel easier, pulling up something (a video, a song) you found earlier to share with the group, etc.
When technology use is broken down like this, it’s easier to see why more young adults have cell phones than our elders- they’re enhancers, not some luxury used to remove us from social situation when we see fit, but a tool- a tool used to make any social outing run smoother, in order to keep us and our friends safer and happier. In the beginning of the night, we tried to navigate the maze of the North End without a GPS. We got terribly lost, and as a result, felt terrible unsafe. When we used the GPS, we knew where we were going, and stayed in safe territory. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were not buried in our screens, unspeaking and reserved. However, when a lull in conservation did occur, like in any normal conversation, my friend Tim would always pull out a funny Vine for us to watch. Those six seconds of screen time got the conversation sparking again, and it normally wouldn’t die down for fifteen minutes or so. (An integral part of our friendship has become quoting vines, and it doesn’t mean that we are always actively watching them, it means that we utilize six seconds of screen time to watch this video together, laugh together, and laugh a million times later about it, together, even without a screen. Pictures were taken, and later, when it didn’t inhibit the social situation, shared. Those pictures will last forever, and gives us something to look back on. This kind of technology use didn’t take away from our night, it enhanced it, and more often than not, is the kind of use I see from my peers.
The kind of technology use that my peers are often accused of utilizing, (distraction) and the technology use that is often portrayed by young adults in the media, was undoubtedly something that I saw throughout the night, however, it wasn’t from teenagers tweeting, texting, and whatever else it is we do- it was from (mainly) middle aged moms- with their faces blocked by iPhones in one hand and dragging their (basically) leashed children in another. This might surprise others- but it doesn’t surprise me. Almost every mother with an iPhone that I know simply doesn’t have technology etiquette, because they didn’t grow up with it. I’ve been around too many a 40-something year old woman, trying to have a conversation, when their phone goes off (audibly, might I add- almost all of my peers keep their phone on silent) and they simply have to drop everything and answer. I understand that something there are emergencies, how many times can there be an emergency? The generations that came before us who do use technology to its full potential are still in awe of it- because they didn’t use iPads in schools, and their first phone came at 45, not 14.
In short, what happened last night is a realization that’s been a long time coming in my experiences and opinions- that my generation is falsely accused of over-using technology. Read the articles that say that young adults nowadays are too invested in their phones- who are they written by? Young adults? I don’t think so- we’re too busy trying to keep up with the ever-increasing stress that is the modern college process (but that’s a different story for a different day). When you are out and about, keep track of how you are using your phone. Is it distracting you from what’s going on? Or is technology enhancing your time, making you and your friends safer, happier, and as a result, more social human beings? You might be surprised as to how skewed the stereotypes really are.