From this Vantage Point
It is interesting to look back to the beginning of the semester and now take stock of how increased exposure to social media has permanently re-wired my brain. While that may not sound great to some, I welcomed the change. To me, adapting is proof of intelligence. Look in nature and confirm this truth for yourself. So, while I do not relate well to luddites, I understand when a given tech application does not speak to how you prefer communicate or receive information. After all, Snapchat is not for me, either, Professor. Nonetheless, there has to be some technological medium out there that one finds workable in today’s tech climate, no? We live in an age where we regularly witness human evolution, through social media, in diverse industries, and everywhere else between[i] where tech finds its influence. Who cares if we may slavishly adhere to the desires of our Roomba one day—there is something for everyone! There are so many apps hitting the market on a daily basis—we could quietly be downloading the next social media sensation and not even know it. Adults and young adults alike owe it to the younger generation to be competent, if not constantly curious about technology and how it can be harnessed to create, communicate, and improve not only our quality of life, but theirs as well. There is no turning back.
Social Media and the Future Generation
We do not know how great the social media innovations of future generations will be, or if they will struggle to communicate in person; yet, I would hazard a guess that they ironically develop technological ways to improve interpersonal skills or find an alternative means to correct the shortcoming. Naturally, they will adapt. As a teacher, my biggest hope for future generations is that many continue to essentially see the world as a race of humans, instead of genders, sexes, isolated nationalities, or polarizing classes: Technology is for everyone, is at its best when utilized by everyone, and any exclusion today serves only to maintain systemic problems that are rooted in irrational fear. If experience (and a tiny bit of reductive Analytics) has taught me anything, it taught me to believe that human commonality is greater than what makes humans different. I take heart that virtually any human can come up with a great idea—because although creativity and technology often lead to failed products—every once and a while an idea yields a life-altering product for many.
Your Social Media Top 3
So, now that we have hugged a few trees, taken off the Birkenstocks, and rid ourselves of the Patagonia, who do you got? What 3 social media apps do you use the most? Did that change during this course or did you curiously add any apps because of your exposure to IS6621? Personally, I have Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook in my Top 3. LinkedIn sits just outside of the trinity, but I do use that app regularly. I did not use Twitter that much prior to this class, now it is my favorite distraction. To be sure, it was great getting know a tiny bit about you all, there are so many keepers, and I hope to see you on social media!