What does it really mean to participate in our modern society?

Disclaimer: I had some major computer issues occur over the last month so it’s really going to be crunch time for me. I was lucky enough to get an early grad present from my parents in the form on a new MacBook Pro. But I currently have a really expensive paperweight that is my old computer sitting on my desk that I am unable to access. Anyways, its time to get back into the swing of things so here I go.

So the question that I have asked myself for this post is; “What does it really mean to participate in our modern society?”

When I was thinking about what I wanted to say the first thing that came to my mind was a tweet that I had to see early on in the semester from Dr Alec Couros who also teaches in the faculty. It took some research to find this old tweet which ended up being from January 9. All I can say is that the advanced search feature is both awesome and scary. The tweet can be found below.


I find this information presented in this article to be somewhat scary. I have a Google Home in my room, as well as Siri on my phone. I really don’t use them often, not because they aren’t really cool, but I would just rather talk to a real human. I think it is really important that we don’t use these new devices as a way to stop having any form of face to face contact. I think this participation or interaction we are having with these digital devices is nowhere near as meaningful or as real as human interaction is.

Schools and classrooms are more and more reliant on technology. I think this is very important as we are not doing our jobs if students are not able to understand the role that technology plays in our everyday life. We need to ensure that the technology is helping to guide the learning process and not replacing the learning process. Students are so involved and in many cases addicted to their phones and their social media. They can feel like they are living with their friends on these apps. During my internship I had one girl tell me that she doesn’t really like to hang out with her friends in person anymore because she would rather be at home and see what all of her friends were doing on social media. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is a real thing and it is something that I think I am guilty of at times. It can be hard to see what other people are doing that for various reasons you aren’t at the moment.

That’s all I have for today. As is the tradition here’s my Disney video for the week. I think this Hilary Duff song is more about a breakup. But I have spent five years with my old MacBook. Maybe that’s me showing how I am replacing technology with real interactions. WOW, that could be crazy!


2 thoughts on “What does it really mean to participate in our modern society?

  1. I remember having the “too much technology” conversation with my family and my father (who up until two years ago had a gigantic flip phone), said, “If we don’t allow children to have access to technology they are going to be behind the rest. This is our reality.”
    I also got a new computer recently because my old one refused to do its job. Cheers to convocation gifts!


  2. Hey Conor! Nice to see you back and blogging! I actually got the great privilege of taking this equivalence class called ECMP 355 with Alec Couros, he is an incredible mind and shares such great reads on Twitter. I think you hit the nail on the head by saying and recognizing that technology is an incredibly important part of our students’ lives. Even ourselves as individuals who may not have grown up with brand new iPhones or MacBooks at 12 or 13 have become incredibly dependent on technology! Our University life is based solely on accessing URcourses which is something that I think shows how tech is a huge part of our lives now.


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