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A Society Dependent on Technology.

2 Dec

During our project we all learned new things about the way people view and understand technology. I learned that my grandma isn’t afraid of it at 90, she just doesn’t care. We all learned different insights into why or why not technology may or may not be present in someones life. One of our group members, Jonnie Motomochi, wrote about his experience and I thought he brought up a great point about how we do take for granted technology and computers today. Everyone relies on technology so much today. Technology is so ingrained into our lives that it is hard to remember the simplicity of being a child and never having to worry about emails.

A Learning Experience. By Jonnie Motomochi

Two words: Dwight Payne. This guy was “the man” as I like to call certain people because they’re simply awesome. Dwight falls into both categories, especially the awesome category. He opened up seniors to show a side of themselves that I could not believe, and still can not believe.
Dwight was helping others out with the computer, the internet and any question they sent his way, he would answer it the best way possible. As he said himself, “I sometimes don’t know the answer to their question but I will Google it or look up a video tutorial on YouTube.”
Dwight Payne showed me that seniors actually do want to learn and they do want to try new things. At first, I was a little reluctant about the idea of throwing the idea of the internet at seniors. I thought it would be extremely difficult to find someone, in our short period of time, who would volunteer and just throw themselves into our project: Bridging the Gap. However, Dwight did just that. We even got footage of a webcam conversation between Dwight and his friend in Maryland, Shari. When talking about computers and technology they mention how they still can not believe how far it has come in such a short period of time. “Imagine what it will be like in ten years or even five years,” Shari stated.
Again, they are completely right. Where will the internet technology be in five to ten years? What about 20? I think my generation takes for granted what we have. I asked that question to Shari, via skype, and she agreed. She talked about how amazing the webcams are and how great it is to talk for free anytime, anywhere in the world.
I realized we do take all the technology we have for granted. Computers, the internet, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, email and instant messaging all seem like a part of my life now. Look at all the online quizzes the students have to do now around the country. Majority of professors post everything up online including notes, tests, and the syllabus. Everything students do for school is online. Think about it. Students register, buy books, register for dorms, register for email, find transcripts, read homework and lectures, all online. Seriously, I do not think Oregon State University or other universities could survive without a computer or the internet today. Everything is too dependent on it.
There was a lot I realized from chatting to Dwight and Shari, and it was enjoyable to see how much they loved talking to each other through the internet. It is truly mind boggling how much we have taken for granted and to get an understanding of how fortunate we are to have all of this equipment available to us. Imagine the next generation of children, how fortunate are they going to feel about their new and improved technology?


Living in a Digital Generation

5 Nov

I grew up in a generation where the internet was invented, cell phones are used instead of land lines and people communicate via technology in more ways than we ever would have thought possible, but for the generations who did not learn how to use a computer in junior high or send a text message before they could walk (a hint of sarcasm) all of this tech talk might by a bit too much to handle. This is what is driving a group of students, including myself, to pursue a project on bridging the gap between people and technology and how they use or don’t use today’s newest inventions.  We want to investigate in a range of people more around 60 years old and up.  It’s funny to think that the newest tech device to someone might just be a computer vs. today’s generation of students who may now own a kindle.

Computer confusion?

Computer confusion?

Times are constantly changing and it seems today that technology is moving along quite rapidly. What then happens to all of those people who didn’t grow up with a mouse and keyboard in front of them, to the people who don’t even know what the word skype means? That is what we want to look at and explore. Listen to peoples experience and how they deal today compared to years ago. We want to find out how technology can enhance their life in ways they wouldn’t have thought possible. How may you ask? By providing them the tools and assistance needed to get in touch with a loved one or old friend with the use of technology. By looking at stories of triumph and failure in the digital age we can give those who are afraid a glimpse at the positives it can provide.

Myself, John Carney, Jonnie Motomochi and Mahria Zook are taking on this project for the next month and a half with the end result being a documentary film, blogs of interviews and stories, more knowledge of computers among elders and a program set up to continue sending volunteers to retirement, assisted living and senior centers to teach and educate people about technology.

Someones grandson or granddaughter could be over in the Middle East as a solider thus not allowing them to visit in over a year and we want to show them that they can visit, they can talk and they can see their grandchild with the help of a computer. That is just one example of what many people face today living in a digital age without the proper knowledge of how it works.  There will be a great deal of hard work and energy thrown into this project and we all are excited to jump to it.