Reflective How We Think and What We Think When Using Technology

Do you ever pay attention to what you are thinking about when you jump online and start browsing the web? It depends what you are doing, I assume, or maybe you don’t even pay enough attention to notice. Not everyone practices mindfulness. The second week of school my English professor gave us a mindfulness activity, where we wrote down what we spent most of our time thinking throughout our everyday lives. It was then where I started to become more aware of my thoughts and learned the more grounded I stayed, the more I could control my thoughts.
Metro News shares in 1989 the internet started with the email. That same year Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cert, and their team act CERN invented the World Wide Web. “TCP/IP (a set of rules that governs the connection of computer systems to the internet) was implemented for the first time on January 1, 1983.”
For those of you who love to celebrate birthdays mark your calendars! January 1, 1983, is the Internet’s birthday! But do you wonder why the internet was created? Metro News states ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Administration), their motive for creating the internet is still, debated. But one of the contributors to the ARPANET, Stephen J. Lukasik has said, “it was designed to exploit new computer technologies to meet the needs of military command and control against nuclear threats/ achieve survivable control of United States nuclear forces, and improve military tactic and management decision-making.” Now, with this given information it may open up a new viewpoint about the internet.
After researching a little bit more about the internet, I would have never guessed one of the intentions of developing it could be for military purposes. My main thought was the internet was invented because someone was frustrated with snail mail, wanted to access information faster, or just had a crazy idea and expanded it. There are many reasons for using the beautiful web.
The part some people tend to ignore is the difference between the truth and the myths. I remember being in middle school, and my teachers drilled in our heads what websites are reliable and which ones aren’t. Example websites they gave us was; .net, .co, .org, and .gov. They strongly encouraged us to stay away from Wikipedia. Now that I am older when I look up information in my mind, I am always telling myself to stay away from Wikipedia, or if I am on a website and something doesn’t seem right, I expand my research from there. In college, I went to a presentation called, How to Write Essays Quickly. In that presentation, I was introduced to websites people have used to plagiarize their homework. There was a website also on how you can pay someone to do your homework for you! But in the end, the truth always comes out, due to technology advancing to websites that tell you if you plagiarized. As the web and technology are advancing, humans are becoming more dependent on it. Therefore it becomes a habit and a way of life.
I had an “aha” moment after reading we were recently assigned in the class called, “The Mechanical Bride,” by Marshall McLuhan. The article has a lot of metaphors, and it is based on the writer’s questions to the frontline of a New York Times newspaper. One of the things Marshall McLuhan pointed out was how we interpret the press. In a class discussion about the article, one of my classmates referenced it as, which one of us is willing to dive deeper into the headlines.
We are all educated differently, and we have our thoughts. But when we are on the internet looking or reading our mind may interpret a picture or read differently than the other person. For example, social media; one person may think taking a picture in front of a toilet is weird, because they may be digging deeper into the image instead of others who see the person making the selfie. Therefore, the person may be focused with a clear mind on the pictures they are viewing instead of someone just scrolling through and hitting the, “like” button.
Now that the internet has been around for 35 years it is understandable if we aren’t aware of our thought process when we are on technology or the web. It is like we are on auto-pilot mode.

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2 thoughts on “Reflective How We Think and What We Think When Using Technology”

  1. It was really smart of you to bring up that the internet was initially supposed to be for military purposes. It really puts into your readers mind what type of technology they are dealing with. So much of the time I also feel we are mindlessly looking at the internet when we could be doing other things. I know I definitely spend too much time on my phone. It’s really important for us to think of what we are doing so we can be productive in our lives.

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    1. Yes! When I am on my phone I think of other things I could be doing. Cleaning, grocery shopping, getting organized etc. but other times I feel like being on my phone can be relaxing but yet a waste of time. I have mixed feelings for sure!

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