Is Technology altering (rewiring) our brains?

img_0730.jpgIn my Social Media and Digital Culture class (INTE 5565), we read an article where George Siemens said “Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools we use define and shape our thinking.” and we were asked to discuss this quote. Here were my thoughts on this question:

That being said, yes do believe that technology is altering our brain. It’s quite extradorinaiy how it is to me. For instance, the language we traditionally use in technology is now being used in face to face conversations. For example, at the school I work at, it is common that someone would say “BRB, I have to step out”. Never would I think that someone would talk like this, but people from all age ranges in our organization understand what they mean and it doesn’t even faze anyone. Our brains understand that BRB means “be right back” and it’s becoming a social norm to use abbreviations in our every day lingo, online or not.

Michelle Sroda did ask an excellent question “Do we need to be more responsible and exercise more due diligence when we access and pass on information?” This is something I think of before I post on any social media platform. We are in the era of “fake news”, and we should be responsible to make sure that anything we post or pass on to other followers is credible information. It reminds me of one of my favorite comic book quotes “with great power comes great responsibility”. Tools must be used responsibly, and the age that we’re in now, technology and information that we gather should be used in a responsible manner, not in a dangerous manner, just like any other tool we use.

Why I am doing this.

I am in my first semester of graduate school and I started site for a few reasons:

  1. This is going to highlight my growth as a student and this will be my portfolio for the duration of my graduate studies
  2. This is where my family, friends, colleagues and classmates can check in on my progress and give me tips and ideas of how to improve
  3. I can share joys and frustrations that I am having via blogging.

Right now, this is a big adjustment for me. I am working full time, I have been out of undergrad for quite a while, and I have had freedom on my nights and weekends. That is a big change, and time management is something I need to really focus on. For example, I am just getting to finishing my homework for this week because we moved all week and weekend, and I should have utilized my lunch breaks at work and done more work at night after packing.

This is going to be an experience. I hope everyone reading is ready to join me on it.