True Life: Unplugged.

As this is my last blog before the dreadful finals next week and the next., I was challenge to “unplug” from technology… Woah professor, slow down there.

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How my brain feels thinking about finals.

For those of you who are reading this and barely even know who I am, let me just inform you that the closest I get to disconnecting from social media is when cellphone dies or my laptop. Of course in order for me to write this blog, I had to unplug so I thought the perfect day would be after Thanksgiving, which semi-worked…

 

Friday- Started at 1AM because that’s when I got home from shopping and figured that this would be a good starting point since I could sleep and at least maybe make it a few hours. I woke up around 9:30ish AM where I almost checked my phone but did not. I just sat there watching TV, which for me didn’t count as technology until I just realized that it is. I guess I just failed. I made it 8 hours. Whoops. I did continue my day until about 8:30PM when I got a phone call from my mother asking why she has not heard from me all day. I told her I was disconnecting and if she needed me to reach me through my roommate. Yes, this was technically loophole but at least, I stayed off my phone.

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Plot twist- she was acting like me trying to entertain myself…

I made it until Saturday Morning, when I woke up hungry to read all what was going on with the interactive world that I was not able to be a part of for 24 hours. I also needed to figure out the game plan for the Louisville game, which obviously I had a better one than they did…

 

I’ll be the first to admit, I have to read that text, email, or notification so that I feel connected but also I’m aware of what’s going on. For example, I chose Friday because I knew it would be a slow day of communication. Barely anyone texted and most of my emails was from stores and sales which I didn’t care for. I was reading one of the assigned articles for our blog assignment called “Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)” this article to summarized talked about the author and their experience having to put away their phone while at a pool and how it transformed them into enjoying the world around them. What really spoke to me is when she brought an assistant professor who said “it’s a problem of self-controlself-control” this speaks to me. I have had to train myself since I started college to flip my phone off and disconnect with it for the hour to hour and fifteen I have in class for a lecture. Here’s where the laptop comes into play. Most of my classes are okay with having one in terms of taking notes but I use it more than just note taking. I use it for

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Accurate photo of me after class ends looking for my phone.

staying attentive, researching questions, finding definitions or just having some line of communication if something does happen to a family member. If I had an apple mac, I probably would text all the time and I do envy those who do and can but for me, that’s my self-control and how I try to handle what’s going on in the classroom and what’s surrounding the classroom. Some of the questions that the author suggests you to ask yourself are ones I ask myself on a daily but not just in terms of social media.

 

Another article that was also assigned to this blog was “My iPhone is ruining my life: I’m guilty of “phubbing” my partner, and I can’t unplug.” As I read this, I could see myself in this but not in just serious relationships but in my friendships.

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Scrolling through twitter and saw this and thought it represented Phubbing.

Let me break it down for you… Think of you and a group of friends going out to dinner and while you’re talking, they are all on their phones. How rude of them but then you do the same thing in about 5 minutes later when someone else talks…Like this article describes me, I have to scroll through my email boxes and social media sites just so that I feel connected and don’t miss a thing.

 

As I said that this course is soon to end, this course has taught me the When, Why and How on technology. Especially older versions that are now being combined into one. I have learned not only what some are like the telephone and cellular phone but why they have come so far and began to understand theories that support how and why technology works the way it does. For example, the S curve, in terms of understanding as one new technology flourishes, another one dies out. If anything, technology is around not only me but everyone 24/7 and it’s integrating into our lives more and more daily. We as a civilization and a human race need to find the perfect balance to make technology useful but us not dependent on it.

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As the semester is coming to a close and Thanksgiving Day being a week away, it’s safe that social media for me is starting to slow down. Especially since finals are a lot closer than they have been. For this blog, I will give another report on my personal use of social media. You may remember when I wrote aboutSocial Media in the eyes of an AnalystIn the previous blog, I explained what social media was and how it’s not just about connecting one another but also communicating thoughts, actions and emotions.

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Snapchat filters sponsored by Starbucks.

 

I feel that as I started with Myspace and now stay up with FITS (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat) but I feel that when you use social media in moderation and don’t let it control your life, then it can be very beneficial. I don’t consider myself like the Kardashians where I’m constantly posting content. Compared to them, I am the type of person who shares the content on Facebook. If I see an event or something for work, I’ll repost it. For other platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat I generate content based on what’s happening or what I am doing.

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Actual Tweets of how I felt about the CFP…

 

For example, I may post with a sad face filter that I’m upset with the

College Football Playoff Committee because they did NOT put Louisville in the top 4 when all of the top 4 loss except the Crimson Tide. I then will probably post on Twitter my anger, I may even get more upset and call them out by “@ing” them.

As I am growing up and as college gets busier, social media is sometimes very hard for me to keep up especially in regards to posting, keeping snap streaks as well. I do think it helps me keep up with my family not just in Louisville but across the state and world. I love being able to connect with a friend or family member who is not next to me or in the same city. I always keep up with the friends I make a conferences such as FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) in high school on Facebook.

 Social media in this day and age is imperative to use in moderation. A lot of people who use social media, are NOT aware of how to use it properly nor realize what they put on the web is FOREVER. Trust me, what you put out will be there longer than your relationship. Many people need to also learn to realize how to use it,

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Since these are the new memes and is accurate to how I feel about social media…

 

especially when it comes to controversial issues such as who will be president. Many people can put what they want on the internet but it’s the level and knowledge of respect to understand that someone may not have the same views. People who use social media need to be aware that people are not going to think just as the same as you add it on there but also respect that they disagree as well. A video that I go back to and always refer to when it comes to how social media affects you because of its revolution on our generation.

Look at the facts showed in this video by AsapSCIENCE explaining how it changes your brain especially right now, this is just some of the information that I gathered or maybe to entice you to watch this 3 minutes and a half video!

  • 5-10% of internet users cannot control how much time they spend online.
  • Think that people who switch from social media sites and communication technology are better at multi-tasking? WRONG, it actually reduces interferences that make it harder for you to commit things to memory.
  • Phantom Vibration Syndrome- Oh is that your phone vibrating? Oh wait, that’s just you thinking it’s happening, when it’s not.
  • Dopamine- Major releases when a person speaks about themselves and their past achievements, an example is of myself when I posted about applying to graduate in May!

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    Photo I posted on my Facebook about applying to graduate!

     

    #GetThemLikes

As I end this blog post so that you can check your social media platforms, Take a selfie and add it to comments on here! Also take away to be cautious what you put on social media and take social media in moderation so you do not burn out!

 

Your privacy matters…

Privacy- something that you may want every now and then but cannot have because sometimes it is inevitable. Do you have Facebook Messenger? privDid you in their terms and conditions in 2014 when Facebook messenger rolled out? If you accepted their agreement, then you gave Facebook to access your phone whenever and wherever they wanted. In a recent article, Facebook states this on them sharing your privacy “We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide, such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities.”

privacWe live in a time where everyone puts everything they have going on in their life on social media. Nothing is private- going to the bathroom, when someone is emotional, when someone made a sandwich. You get the point, you know when people are not home, when they are out of town or even driving.

Let’s say you have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat; with those four social media websites alone, I can figure out who you are with, what you are doing, why you are doing it and have an estimate of when you will be home or to a specific location. HELLO does that not alarm you? Random strangers can figure everything out about you!!!

There are a few things I do to keep some of my life private and it’s the following:

1.      I have a notebook and a note in my email for all passwords and other important log in information.

2.     I keep some things personal offline. If something I have learned is, that you do NOT need to tell everyone that you are broken up, together or single. That part of your life should stay private, no one needs to know you are fighting or whatever is going on.

3.     I make sure that I am on a server that is safe and secured. Some “WiFi” areas like at McDonalds or Starbucks can see anything and everything you do and so can other people near you see it.

When it comes to the government and other entities that have access to our information, we are vulnerable in all aspects. Eprivaven when you keep yourself safe, it’s hard to make sure that anything from what you said when you were a young naïve high schooler doesn’t affect you getting a job not to mention add your public records and credit score. Your privacy, even mine is at the hands of anyone. The issue is, will you be a part of a bigger hack or will it be sold to someone? The only thing to do is wait. Think about it in regards to this, our lives are open but they aren’t as interesting as say the President of the United States (POTUS) or the Kardashian family, so it’s not as an advantage compared to celebrities lives. Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame but there is a point where people forget how much of their life and privacy they are giving away.

Something to consider as I end my privacy plea, Apple users– when you agree to their terms and conditions, you are allowing them to use the data to plan your ETA’s on meetings as well as your music and the type of ads to use for you. You may be thinking, how did I let this happen and what can I do? Simple,pric it’s like a long bill sent to the House of Representatives, you skim them but don’t read between the lines where it tells you, they will use the information that they want and when they want and you agree to vote or click the accept button only to realize you will have to live with your decision.

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Video Games- The new de-stress mechanism.

Video games, a lot of thought video-gameson this topic weighs heavy on me. I’m not sure where to start… I feel that the first thing I think of when it comes to video games is an Xbox or a PlayStation but as I am learning in my communication technology class, it’s more than console games. Video games include computer games (back in the 1970s), arcade games, cellphone games, social gaming and portable games such as a Nintendo DS.

For me, as I was growing up, there was not as many “video” games to play. Yes, as I have stated in my last blog that I played games on my computer like ““Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” but I don’t remember playing as many. I think at one point when green-gamboyGameboy’s were going out of style, I got one and it was green. I can’t recall the games I had but I did enjoy putting them in and out of the system. I got into playing on video game consoles when I was in high school, dating my first boyfriend. We would play Grand Theft Auto (GTA). I loved that game, absolutely loved it. A year later, I got my own console at my house on Christmas. I stayed up playing all night into the morning, you know because I didn’t have any real responsibilities nor school.

Which according to Time Tech, one of the GTA video games was number 16 on the Top 50th all-time video games. Some other ones that cross reference the book and most of us know are Tetris (#1), Oregon Trail, Call of Duty, NB2K *insert year*, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Pac Man, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, and of course Angry Birds. gta

It’s interesting to me because I feel that I could argue that video games are horrible for you because of the time consumption, addictiveness and also government regulation but for me, our textbook speaks about Sandy Hook Laws, but even before that happened, a case in California was brought to the courts (Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association) about how the 1st and 14th amendment applied in regards to restrictions and labeling games because of potential psychological or neurological harm to minors. My point is even with the attacking on video games, they could potentially help alleviate stress as well as anger. For me playing GTA, I would just drive around recklessly, I know in the real world that I could not do that for the time I spent playing the game, it relaxed me enough to where I could just feel at ease. Yes, that may sound crazy but think of it in the way that you have games on your phone (if space permits), you may have Candy Crush, Farmville or something in that nature where you have it with you 24/7 as long as the game doesn’t have time-lapse, unless you pay real money so you can keep playing.

In a way, when games have those type of time limits, it seems in theory like a good thing because then you can focus on other things but in all actuality, you start to play and cannot stop. Game is continually growing, especially when it comes to social gaming, think about Words with Friends or even candy-crushCandy Crush (sharing your metrics). Those around me that play video games, seem to play them when they can, which makes sense because most of the people around me are in college. I have a cousin who plays just Minecraft, Call of Duty and some other war games. He’s 9 years old and sometimes I worry since he’s played video games since he was 4 that he will grow up with a violent attitude but for him, he has more law and order in his life than most of us. He knows that Cops are good and are there to help protect but he also knows what’s right and what’s wrong. Granted his mother limits him as well as watches him while he is on chat but for his ageminecraft, he behaves well in school as well as at home.

Overall, Video games need to be played in short periods whether it be online, on a console, phone, or tablet. Video games can be harmless and helpful as long as they are played in moderation. According to PEW Research, about half of Americans play video games on some type of software. It’s a great stress reliever, especially in the type of world we live in. As we progress more into this advanced era of technology, this type of technology will lead to many different information processes as well as new gaming systems and types. Who knows we may have channels in the future where you can play games and I’m not just talking about the Game Show Network, where you yell at the TV your answer…

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“BRITTANY, I need to use the phone”

blog7-1I remember when I first used a computer and the only thing I did on there was play minesweeper and the pinball function. When I first used the computer there use to be a game you could buy called “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?”blog-7-2 I use to love coming home and playing that game. Granted something happened to the game because I also remember it disappearing which gave me more time to study my vocab words and practice multiplying…

I remember when I was first allowed on the internet. I signed up with AOL and made an account so that I could instant message (IM) (Also known as AIM) others who had one! I don’t remember the username but I know I got rid of it when I started high school because I changed it to something I could put on resumes and what not. I think that relates me to the Critical Mass Theory because I was a small group of the population, where I kept using it, so that it could be a public good. blog-7-3AOL IM chat took off, it spread like wildfire. Then came Facebook, in my middle school years. I remember everyone around me had one and those who were in high school started to get on Facebook.

I think these experiences stick in my mind mostly because I can remember them and that they happened at a certain point of my growing up. If it was not for Myspaceblog-7-4 and making my profile, I would not know what coding was and how to do it on a very basic level. I have progressed as time goes by, I have to adapt to the new technology, especially the updates for Windows or any of the software that needs to upgrade. That would even relate to the theory of relative constancy, meaning that people choose where they spend their time.blog-7-5

 As a college student, I spend a solid 6-10 hours on my laptop, if not more. I choose to spend my time there because I know that it is more beneficial in the long run because I’m more use to my laptop updating at inconvenient times while not saving my work…

If I didn’t have the internet or computer, I don’t know what I would do. blog-7-6The information is right at the ends of my fingertips. I’m able to use my laptop as reusable resource for school, organizations and work because it works amazing. I am able to make processes quicker and have it more accessible than they did with no computers or internet. Internet for me is something that I need daily and I’m starting to be dependent on it because of how much I use, whether it be on my phone, laptop, TV, Ipad or other internet devices, I know that for others it is a staple in their life just as it is in mine and I don’t see it going down, computers and laptops may follow an S-curve but think about it laptops replaced computers and now laptops are competing with Surface Pros and Ipad’s as well.

 

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Am I scared to die or am I scared of new Iphone26?

Let me start off saying that for my assignment in my Comm 303 class, I had to read and react to this article titled “The Terrifying Truth About New Technology” that was written in 2011. I will say as the person I am, which is a “doer” meaning I want to do anything and everything and get it done efficiently or as soon as I can I was interested what this article would be like.

“We think we’re afraid of the technology. But we’re really afraid of getting old.” dyingThis was the first thing that caught my eye and it’s interesting because I agree with this statement however, technology isn’t the reason what I’m afraid of, it’s that I’m afraid of how and when I will die as I grow old every day. I try hard not to think about it and achieve everything I am doing in front of myself.

As I kept reading, the author talked about adults assimilating to new technology. The author references himself when he tries to uses a typewriter but realizes it doesn’t have an on switch as it should if it was here. I have been in his place, I have had moments when I have tried to yell at other Apple devices such as an Ipad as if Siri will hear me and do what I need her to do.siri

The author goes into another example, one giving the example of Foursquare. As a young person when the author wrote this in 2011 (16 years old, which means I’m pretty young) and it’s now 2016 (21 years old, young but learning how to grow up because I graduate in a year at the age of 22), I have never used Foursquare nor have the yearn to do so. Why would I share my location at that age or even now with a bunch of complete strangers when I can do it when and where with my close friends and family.

The older generation that I help teach new technology has said the very same statements that the author references here “Why are we so nostalgic about the technology we grew up with? Old people say things like: “This new technology is stupid. I liked (new, digital) technology X better when it was called (old, analog) technology Y.

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Why, back in my day….” Which leads inexorably to, “I just don’t get it.” My godmother is someone who says these phrases every time she purchases a new technology device that I have to help her set up and learn how to use it.

 

The one thing that the author references, other than “Robopocalypse” is this quote “Each new generation builds on the work of the previous one, gaining new perspective. New verbs are introduced. We Google strange  and dangerous places. We tweet mindlessly to the cosmos. We Facebook our own grandmothers.”  I Totally agree, it’s the perspective that enhances the work. That’s why many people say to think outside of the box. That’s why elementary schools push certain students into accelerated programs to enhance them and teach them skills to adapt and bring new perspectives.

At first, I didn’t exactly know what I would read about especially from when the author opened up about how his statement on being afraid to die but as a person who

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Me on a daily basis looking at my to-do list.

continuously growing through this re-vamped technology age, it’s not worries me more on the media dependency as much as when my hurt will stop from all the things I do on a weekly basis.

 

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Why I want your vote and to be UofL’s Homecoming Queen!

What is a Homecoming Queen and why should you vote for me over the other amazing candidates?top3

Well a homecoming queen to me means someone who will represent this university and the community that surrounds it in a positive way. Someone who can represent the student body and be one of the faces for the alumni who are coming home (hence the term homecoming) to the university. I want to be that person. I want to be queen because I want to represent UofL (University of Louisville). I want to show everyone on this campus that I love it, I’m proud to be a Louisville Cardinal.top56

Here are just Five Ways, I show my spirit for this university.

I go to class because I know that’s why I’m here first. It’s to get an education and hopefully a job when I graduate in 7 months. I also respect my professors and take what they say seriously and l want to LEARN.

I get involved. Below you will see Literally everything I am doing right at this moment here at UofL. Side Note- I have been involved all four years through other organizations as well.

top544I support our athletics. I will gladly wake up at 1AM for a 12PM Football Game if that means that I will sit in the front row of the student section. I am a Student Cardinal Athletic Fund Donor and I will gladly go to as many basketball games that my schedule allows me as well as baseball. I keep up to date with other sports via Twitter and other social media outlets…top00

I’ve work at UofL as a student for ALL four years. I have worked from Phonathon, my freshmen year to the Student assistant to the Director of Donor Relations, to the student assistant for the Alumni Association. I love this university and I hope I get the honor to work here once I graduate… Maybe even a graduate assistant position, once I figure out what I want to go to grad school for.

I give back to UofL. I am considered a donor. Like I said I give to the Student Cardinal Athletic Fund but also to the university in different departments. I am aware how the state only funds 11% of our university budget and 41% of this university’s budget is from donors who donate to specifically what they want… This includes RaiseRED as welltop11.

Overall, Like I said- I WOULD LOVE ONE OF YOUR VOTES AND TO REPRESENT THIS WHOLE UNIVERISTY AND EVERYTHING THAT IT DOES FOR STUDENTS. If you would like to vote for me, please go to ULINK –> Student Services –> Ballots–> Brittany Chouhan (by the way, you pronounce my last name as shoe + hand. The d is silent though) & GO CARDS!

List of University Honors, Activities and Organizations

Organizations

Alpha Omicron Pi- AOII (4 years)top5

            Alumnae Relations Chair

                        Founder’s Day

                        Alumnae and Collegian Cook-out

                        Senior send-offs

            Task Force and Team leader for Philanthropy and Communication purposes

Student Government Association (First Year)

            Arts and Sciences Senator

                        SAB Programming Board Undergraduate Representative

                        SAC Committee

                        Services Committee

            Arts and Sciences Council

                        Chair of the Meet and Greet with Dean

                        Member of the Marketing Committee- Mainly in charge or the A&S Council Website

Student Organization for Alumni Relations- SOAR (4 years)

           topp Involved in interest Committee for SOAR to come back (Freshmen year)

            Held positions such as Membership and Recruitment chair as well as Marketing and Communications chair.

            Current Office- Vice President of Philanthropy

                        Senior Gift (20.17), Day of Giving, Giving Tuesday

Saving Our Students- Religious Member

Cage Crew- Cage Crew is a group a student that are under the umbrella of Athletics Marketing team to help ensure that the student section at sporting events is a great experience and hyped up!

Helping to create it as well as a member.

Employment

Student Assistant in the UofL Alumni Office

            Thank A Donor Day Committee

           top8 Alumni Awards Committee

            Homecoming Parade Committee

            Alumni Leadership Conference Committee

            Primarily works with the Volunteer initiative called Cards Writing Cards for Admissions and Graduates.

Community Assistant at The Retreat at Louisville

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            Administrative tasks

            Communicator between Management and Residents.

            Leasing Agent

Honors

Dean’s List | Spring 2016

Served as representative and intern on behalf of UofL in the KY General Assembly | Spring 2016

Service

top10000Participated in service activities such as:

            UofL Compost center on campus- Helped cultivate soil as well as clean up grounds

            Worked on numerous campaigns for representatives on the state level of government.

            Presented Scholarship Awards on behalf of the university at high schools in surrounding counties such as Bullitt and Shelby.

            Made Blankets, Walked, set up and helped the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk as well as working to get donations for the “Climb of the L of It” in Sept. 2016

            Student Cardinal Athletic Fund (SCAF) Member (2 years)