September 28, 2011 Tessa Duckett
I use many forms of technology throughout my day. I have two different types of days, as well. The first is my day off of work. The most important tool that I use is my cell phone. I have a Blackberry Edge. This is not my phone of choice, but as my children and husband get new “smart phones”, I get their old phones. I like my Blackberry. I mainly use it to text and call my friends and family. I also use it to check updates on Facebook. I store all of my addresses and phone numbers, and sometimes use the calendar for reminders. I do use the alarm to ensure I don’t forget an appointment. I do not have a hands free unit for my phone, but since it will become illegal soon to talk and drive without the hand free unit, I will be purchasing one soon. While I am off, I also use the internet quite a bit. I am slightly addicted to Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, I follow a lot of human resource related contacts. I find their stories interesting, and, if I want, I read their blogs and respond to their comments. Twitter is a very powerful tool for business. I also connect to my Facebook daily. I mainly read what my kids are doing, and chat with old high school friends. I do have some photos that I download onto my Facebook. My phone doesn’t take great pictures, but I have a Kodak Sure Shot that I use quite a bit. I also have a blog that I write about work-related topics. I started using these forms of media in a class I took over summer, and have continued to utilize these sources. I also do all my banking and bill paying over the internet. I seldom use a stamp anymore. I have an IPod. I use it to work out with. I have had it for several years. I haven’t quite figured out how to load music onto it, my kids have always done that for me. For entertainment, I love watching movies. I still go to the movies often, but I also use RedBox and rent several DVDs weekly. I do not travel without my GPS; I am directionally challenged. We take quite a few weekend driving trips where the GPS comes in use.
At work, I am constantly on the computer. I use company programs, and also the company intranet. We also have our own company internal twitter called Wiki. We have several kinds of programs on PDAs for internal processes, and also have an extensive POS system. I teach a lot of classes at work, such as orientation, and utilize a DVD player for that. We have a lot of online teachings for continual development for our employees. I still use my personal cell phone at work, to keep in touch with my colleagues and family.
I chose to not use any technology on one of my days off; of course, I want to keep my job. I didn’t realize how much I depend on the internet to look things up quickly. On this particular day, my daughter, who is away at college, needed to go to urgent care for Strep throat. First, I had to answer my phone because she was calling me. Second, I had to jump on the internet to find a doctor who was covered under our insurance plan; two strikes. I didn’t answer my phone until noon after that. I missed 3 calls, one from my mother, one from my son, and one from my sister. With my children away from home in college, I can only feel connected to them through Facebook and my cell phone. I don’t know how people survived without cell phones and keeping connected. I went to the gym and road the elliptical for only 30 minutes. It is too boring without music. I survived the rest of the day. I didn’t even watch TV, I read a book instead. The night ended at 9pm, when I got another call from my daughter. I had to talk to her. I wouldn’t have been able to succeed without using technology if I would have had to do homework that day either. All papers have to be written on Microsoft Word, and uploaded to be turned in. Yes, I could survive without technology. I am not a Gen-Y. If I were to ask my kids, they would say absolutely not! Why live without technology, when it’s so readily available?