Friday Five: Technology

Here is the prompt from Jan at Revgalblogpals today.

“Although you won’t know this, I am pre-posting this ten days ahead of schedule, because my husband and I are going to be in Washington State during his spring break (from teaching at a local community college). His parents have very recently moved into a senior living facility. We will be staying at their home, which will not have some of the furniture and supplies like we are used to. What I am dreading is no computer, tv or telephone, which also means no wifi connection. This is showing my dependence upon these technologies.

For this Friday Five, let us explore our use of and desire for such items.

1. What types of technologies, like cell phones, computers, tvs, etc., do you routinely use? How frequently?

Yes.

I have a MacBook Air and love it. Thought I would miss the cd drive, but the size of this laptop is worth it all. So convenient. I don’t have a desk top at work, so this computer travels with me every day.

I have an iPad too and wish I could incorporate that more into my work life, but mostly it is for leisure.  I also have an iPhone, which appears to have been surgically attached to my arm.

We have a TV that lives in the basement and it records shows that I sometimes get around to watching, but I consume much less media on TV than I used to. I have a radio in the kitchen and when I am home, it is usually on and tuned to Boise State Public Radio.

2. What social media and/or games do you like to play? How often? On which device do you occupy yourself? Which method of social media do you prefer?

Again, yes. I use Facebook a lot (insert comments from everyone I know “too much”) and Twitter with slightly less frequency. (There are buttons on the side of this post that will connect you to me on Facebook and Twitter). I am on LinkedIn, but confess I’m not really sure why. It appears to be a place I connect with people who aren’t in my other social media platforms.

My interactions with other Revgals has been life giving and helpful, both professionally and personally. I appreciate those connections through my blog, the revgal blog, and the revgal fb page.

I don’t play social media games, other than Words With Friends (player name is Marciglass). I have Temple Run and Angry Birds on my phone, but don’t use them too often. Elliott has a number of games on my phone though.

Facebook would be my preferred social media. I have connected with people from all epochs of my life and am so thankful for that. I have real friendships that have developed because of online interaction. I have become more deeply connected with people I knew casually in the past. I don’t even really care when Facebook changes the look of the page. It is a free website that connects me with all kinds of people. Not going to hate on that.
3. Do you separate online activities between home and work? Or is it all the same everywhere?

Pretty much the same everywhere. Certainly more time on social media at home than at work, but I do access social media during the day and I interact with congregation members through social media when I am home. I also only have one email address, which I do check at home, so the line is pretty blurred for me.
4. Do you have a smart (or I-) phone?

Yes. And it makes my life easier. I am able to interact with congregation members while not being trapped in the office. If I need to drive a soccer carpool, I can still be available.

This image from NBC news illustrates how ubiquitous our devices have become.

This image from NBC news illustrates how ubiquitous our devices have become.

5. What do you wish you had–or do not have–in relation to these devices?

I wish my phone battery wasn’t sickly, but I keep my charger with me and will make it work until I am up for a new phone this summer. First World problem, for sure.

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