Blog Post # 6

In both Dewey and Richtel’s arguments, technology is proven to construct a social barrier between its users and those around them. Beginning with Dewey, a relationship spawns from a convention based around the internet and is quickly nurtured and maintained through the use of skype. Caitlin points to the advantages of this approach; the two were more likely to be open and more comfortable with one another when the possibility of escape was so easy. “…we flock to the internet for this type of safe, sanitized intimacy…”; however, upon driving 1100 mile’s round trip to trade skype for real facetime, Dewey quickly realizes that the technology doesn’t stop simply because the distance gap was closed. Will makes little to no effort to prioritize a woman coming as far as Caitlin did over his devices and accounts, leaving her bored and disappointed throughout her trip. The importance of unplugging and recognizing when you’ve gone too far is demonstrated through the eyes of Dewey in this article, which coincides with the next article provided. Shifting to the other end of the spectrum, Mr. Kord Campbell is what every technology user should strive not to be; a work related technology user and full time addict. Campbell’s introduction to technology through work has led him to carry it everywhere he goes, even on vacation: “The next night, their first night on vacation, “We didn’t go out to dinner,” Mrs. Campbell mourned. “We just sat there on our devices”. Richtel’s main argument is that of dependence; individuals such as Kord Campbell lack the self-control necessary to utilize technology in the most efficient way possible. This would be hypocritical of myself to write as though I do, however, as I struggle with the same problems each day. According to the article, I would not classify myself as a good multitasker; I can feel my head swirl once I receive a heavy workload, technology aside. Similar to many of the readings assigned in the past, I find Richtel’s argument persuasive simply because it is relatable; I share in his burden with technology and find it completely relevant to this day and age of technology.

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