Technological companionship

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?

 

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  1. Hi Daniel! Your post really allowed for me to relate on a personal level. I too often need background noise in order to feel comfortable working. As it has for you, this often manifests in me turning on the television and not even paying attention to it. Come to think about it, I very rarely watch television, yet mine is almost always turned on. Much of the time my tv is turned down so low that even if i was paying attention i wouldn’t be able to make out what is being said. I think that this may be something I do to comfort myself when I am alone, although I never thought of it like that before. Loneliness has a way of pushing you towards doing things you don’t normally do, yet it doesn’t always (at least for me) push you far enough that you decide to actually get together with other people.In response to your question, I think that one of the first steps in helping students deal with loneliness is to teach them that it’s a part of life and shouldn’t be something they are afraid of. However, it is also important for students to see that although they may be lonely, they are not alone. We can empower students by helping them develop coping mechanisms for combatting loneliness, as well as be there when they need someone to talk to! I don’t think we can “teach” students not to be lonely, but we can help them deal with it when it arises!

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who needs background noise! I have another question for you Lauren. Do you think technology is hindering people from being comfortable being alone? In a time when there was no TV or internet, I assume people would have coped better being alone because they would be used to it. Now that we have technologies to keep us “companied” we are becoming less and less comfortable being alone, at least in my opinion. Do you think we can use technology to help us better cope with loneliness or is it only going to hinder us? I look forward to your reply!

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