I have carefully analyzed my online presence, and I keep promising myself that I am not going to stay online for hours. But as soon as I pick up my phone, I keep scrolling and scrolling and scrolling, and I just waisted hours that I could use doing something else. Even at this moment, I keep looking down at my phone. The internet was present in my life growing up, and every day is harder to not rely on it; our assignments have to be turned in online. Our entertainment is mostly online, even meeting people is done via online.
One of these weeks talks about online behaviour, anonymity has always been an ‘issue,’ as is the best defence for a lot of behaviours: haters, spam and even threatening behaviours. This reading focus on the disinhibition effect and part of the reading is to analyze our behaviours. Before I decided to create a public Instagram account, my behaviour was “invisibility” I didn’t like to participate. But now that I have a bigger account, I try to be careful of what it is seen online, as I try to keep my online presence as private as possible, my behaviour can be categorized as dissociative anonymity.
Another issue with the online world is our attention span, now is so easy to lose it. When I do my assignments I have to have YouTube or Netflix, and then boom! I stop looking at my paper and I am spending 30 minutes watching videos. Considering the reading of “how I got my attention back“ it is hard to not pick up any device connected to the Internet and get distracted. Personally, instead of joining the family reunion, you can find me in a corner with my phone right in my nose. Although, I do not like to use my phone when I am in the public, especially walking down the streets or when I am hanging out with friends. I am not sure if I could go for one month offline, but that will be an interesting challenge. But as I mention, everything that we do is done online. I feel that the only way to completely disconnect from the Internet is to move to a smaller town where internet services are not as important.