In this post, I answer four questions to start brainstorming some ideas for my technology literacy narrative, found here. Some of the ideas from these answers have been integrated into the narrative itself.
These questions (and more details about the assignment) can be found on Professor David Morgen’s site.
- Please write about when, where, and how you first came to interact with computers, and how you first learned to use computers.
I first started using computers very early to play computer games. At the end of elementary and beginning of middle school, I became more comfortable with typing on Word, using basic Excel, and surfing the Internet because of guidance from my dad and my introduction to computers class.
My memory of my interaction with and use of computers is hazy; I realize now that I have taken computers for granted my whole life, especially since my dad’s work assumed a certain level of proficiency that he passed on to me.
- How did you feel about computers when you were growing up? Did you like them? Why or why not? What did you use computers for? (Games? Email? Writing?)
I treated computers with a mixture of interest and indifference. I never pursued learning more about computers because I always felt that I would learn what I needed to eventually, trusting my dad to teach me what I needed to know.
However, once I found out that I could connect with my friends on the computer, my perception of them changed. I looked forward to playing games that were fashionable (like Club Penguin) or chatting through email. I started to rely on computers, in part, to connect me to others.
- What are your experiences with social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, or others? What do you remember about your first experiences with such sites? If you haven’t used social networking sites, why not?
When I reflect on my history with computers, my most clear memory is my creating a Facebook account. I loved being able to chat with more of my classmates on Facebook, and I felt my world widening. Normally, I would have called my close friends from my house phone, but now I could chat with multiple friends at once, in a group. I could chat with a middle school crush, a classmate who was a year older, friends of friends. I now associated technology strongly with becoming a bolder, more connected person—a person and image I could only create with the aid of technology.
- Do you text on a cell phone or blackberry-type device? If so, what do you remember about your first experience with texting? If you don’t text, why not?
I text constantly, consistently on my iPhone. It usually involves banter with my closest friends.
My first experience with texting was not really texting—since I was on a limited text message plan when I first got a phone (it was only to be used for emergencies), I used my iPod touch to “text.” I used an app, got a number, and used it to talk to people.
I felt the need to do this because I did not want to miss out on this new phenomenon that everyone seemed to partake in, even if the conversations were trivial.