During our class, we talked about what our blog and Twitter say about yourself. I had talked about how since both my blog and my twitter were made for the use of in school, they are mostly professional. If a potential employer were to see either one, I believe they will be able to see me as a professional. My Facebook, however, is a little less professional. It contains all the idiotic ramblings of a teenager. It is less professional but it does show better who I am as a person, not a professional. I believe I need to work on trying to have more of “me” in blogs and tweets and be more professional on Facebook. I want people to know that I am a professional but I am not without a personality. I wish to be seen as a person, not a personality-less robot made for teaching.
After listening to the Ted Talk given by Sherry Turkle, one quote struck out at me.
“Being alone feels like a problem that needs to be solved.”
I don’t use social media all that much nowadays, nor do I have the obsessive need to talk to people through my device. Literally, the latest post on my Facebook page is from October 18, 2018 and it wasn’t even by me.
The latest post I made was on October 9, 2018, celebrating 8 years of Facebook friendship with one of my best friends.
Since I do not constantly try to connect to people on social media or texts, I believed that this quote does not relate to me. However, I remembered that when I am doing a task alone, let’s say a homework assignment, I like to have “background noise” playing while I do it. The type of “background noise” I play are usually shows that I have already watched or am able to not pay close attention to. This may be because I want the sense of feeling that people around me when I am alone. This is kind of ironic because when I’m at school the only thing I want is for there to be fewer people, like a lot less. I had not considered myself to get lonely easily because I often prefer to spend my nights by myself doing what I want to do. The fact that I play a show that has people talking in it may be a coping mechanism to counter my loneliness, even though I was the one who wanted to be alone. This sparks the question, how can we as educators teach students to handle being alone? Is it possible for teachers to teach it to students? We will almost always see students in an environment where there are several people around us. If we educators can’t teach them, how can we guide our students to be okay with being alone?