Connected 24/7: For Better or Worse

Technology is honestly an amazing thing. If you were alive 30 or 40 years ago, you probably would have never been able to predict what kinds of new innovative inventions we as a people came up with within those few decades; we have everything from 3D curved 4K TVs, to virtual reality headsets that place us in another world, to technology that you can wear on your wrist that acts as a watch and a phone. But one of the most owned pieces of technology that is part of everyone’s life is the phone.

In this day and age, just about everyone owns a smartphone, and frankly it’s hard to imagine life without one. It has become so vital to our everyday lives that we use it for everything. We’ve even gotten to the point where we multitask with everything we do as far as technology goes (or have we?) But at some points, it may just be too much a part of our daily lives.

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For me personally, I will always have my phone with me, no matter what. It has gotten to the point where if I don’t have it or I forget it somewhere, my heart skips a beat; I begin to think “What if someone tries to contact me?” and “What if I miss this really important email from someone?” and, of course, “How will I know what cute animal pictures have been posted on Facebook?!”

But in all seriousness, I believe addiction to technology has become a very real thing for many people, especially when it comes to their smartphones. A lot of people I know feel extremely anxious when they don’t have their phone on them or feel like they have lost it, and I honestly can’t blame them; you might go into a frenzied panic too if you thought that one little device that connects you to your friends, family, and the rest of the world was gone.

Because of this, people get very involved with their phones every waking minute of the day, and it’s sometimes hard for us to separate ourselves from the virtual world. I’ll confess that many times I have been so attached to my phone that I’ve forgotten to take a step back and enjoy living in the moments. Sometimes I’ll be too concerned about getting just the right picture for a Snapchat post to show a friend how awesome something is, or worried about how many likes my most recent post on Facebook just got, and so on.

I don’t believe that we’ll be connected to technology 24/7 in the future like Ben Huh suggests, but I do hope that we can soon all realize that we spend too much time on our phones and computers, and find a happy middle to moderate how much time we spend on the internet. But if I’m being honest, that probably won’t happen; I’m too busy sending my friends Snaps with the shrunken face filter.

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A Bit About Me

My name is Ryan Lloyd, and I am a Sophomore Graphic Design Major from Waco, TX. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and lived here for 10 years. After a bit of moving around from Omaha, to Little Rock, AR, to Texas, I was able to come back here to be able to study at Creighton University.

Like most Creighton students, I came to Nebraska seeking a Pre-Med degree. Unsurprisingly enough, that changed about halfway through the first semester after realizing it just wasn’t for me. During that year, I discovered that my passion lied within the JMC department, specifically for Graphic Design, and decided to declare my major at the end of the year.

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What I want to be!

Being a Graphic Design major, I’ve been able to explore other areas of the JMC department in the past year and a half of going here. I’ve taken two computer science classes and a journalism class already, and I’ve enjoyed all of them so far. While I knew how to code in HTML from high school, I was able to learn more and improve on my prior knowledge through the classes I’ve taken the past few semesters. I’ll be excited to learn more within the department and continue to progress in the upcoming years.

I’ve also had many chances to develop my graphic design skills through several opportunities on and off campus. During Freshmen year, I worked in the Department of Residence Life as a work study student creating posters and digital signage for important housing announcements, programs for different organizations, and anything else that needed design work. From there, I branched out into other designer positions like Executive Director of Communications in the Inter Residence Hall Government, as well as a graphic designer position in the Creative Suite. I was also able to find a graphic designer internship with a company called Viirt, who I worked with  for close to a year on many design and video projects.

I’m connected to technology about 75% of the day, whether it be browsing on my phone through Reddit for my daily news updates, or watching Netflix on my computer to catch up on my favorite shows. But if I’m not procrastinating via YouTube videos or playing video games, I’m using the computer in a more productive way through working on projects in different Adobe programs (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.).


 

In today’s day and age, technology is prominent in our everyday life, so much to the point where it’d be a challenge to avoid. We use our phones not just to keep in touch with each other, but to get our news from online newspapers or social media in an instant. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and can actually be very beneficial to us to know what is going on in the world around us. But it can be easy for the media to make mistakes when they can find something on the internet immediately and take it as fact. Despite this, we still live in a great age where this situation of obtaining instant knowledge is possible, and it’s pretty amazing.