Technology to me is a tool that can be used by anyone to connect to others or connect to different resources. I have distinct memories about the technology I’ve used throughout my life. To go back to the furthest memory of technology in my life, the memories are many. This may be for a lot of young adults, especially today with technology being at its highest point.
My first memory about what I thought was “technology” was a desktop computer. This computer was for everyone in my family to use, I was about 8 years old and I remember my parents saying it was for “everyone” but we all agreed that it was my older sisters who at the time was about 18 years old. She would use it to browse the internet, do homework and chat online. Only being 8 years old, the rules to using the computer for me, were if I had my homework done. Even then, my only two options on the desktop computer were to either paint, or play 3D pinball. I loved painting because I felt like every time I got another chance on the computer, I’d learn something new. Other than that, I remember being completely fascinated by the desktop computer and wanting to be in my sisters room to watch her chat online with her friends from school.
Then in about 6th grade, for my birthday there was nothing more that I wanted then to get rid of my pink razor cellphone, and get the new iPhone everyone was talking about. All I knew was that there was no buttons, there was a front and back camera, it was expensive and you could get different “apps” that would allow you to install games. Sure enough, thankfully for my 11th birthday, I believe I got the iPhone 3G. I was so fascinated with able to use “emojis” and add them to my text, contacts, notes and post online. Shortly after, I made an instagram, then a twitter and used facebook on my iPhone. So I didn’t have to wait to get home and check my social media, I could do it at school and be online at school. But, I also only had a certain amount of cellular data on my phone, so I knew I had be careful. Up until the iPhone 6 Plus, I’ve had just about every iPhone, and I could definitely say each upgrade has had more and more technology added to it. Some are water proof, others use finger print, and have enough storage that you may not ever run out.
But my junior year came around and I asked my parents for an Apple MacBook Pro, which I knew was going to cost way more than my iPhone. But I vividly remember wanting one because I wanted a laptop that would be similar to my iPhone that I would be able to maneuver and use apps like iMovie, and be able to text, and still be able to do homework. So that summer I worked and was able to save up enough money for my official MacBook. I was so excited to learn about all the new tasks, updates, and apps on my laptop, and of course to be able to have my very own laptop that I could accessorize myself. Ever since I got my new laptop, I am still learning new little details, and with each update, there is something new to learn.
My first memory of technology that has impacted my life began with a desktop computer and up until the first day of DTC 101, has been my MacBook Pro. We have come a very long way, and I have learned so much through technology.