Technology in my Life Jessica Fleetwood

My interactions with technology was always limited from birth until I was about eight years old. To me, “technology” was always the door to fun and up to today, I still believe it to be. I was raised in a poor area of Pattaya, Thailand. I wasn’t given the “gift” of technology at home, but at school I was. I went to a private school because my mom wanted me to have the education quality that she didn’t have. At school, each classroom only had one computer and a loud speaker system. We learned through chalkboards, pencils, and papers. At home, I had one television that I shared with my family and an old game console to play Mario with. Nothing more and nothing less.

learning with chalkboards was always a nightmare, however my thai WRITING WAS GOOD BECAUSE OF IT

When my mom got married to an Army officer, my whole world flipped and everything I had was on the move to the United States of America, a country I’ve only dreamt about and heard good things about. Right when I stepped into the plane, I was overwhelmed with my own personal seat television to on-site personal charging station…for the device I don’t have. My first stop in the United States was Kansas. After a tornado warning, re-routed stops, and going in circles waiting for the storm to pass, we landed and if I can explain what I saw right when I stepped out of that plane; it would take the length of the book. In short, I saw multi-flat screen televisions, touch-screen monitors, underground trains, and so much more.

Living in Hawaii was the turning point for me and technology. In 3rd grade I was still learning how to speak English. All my friends had the Motorola flip-phones and the Nintendo DS devices and games. My parents were against a lot of devices and thought that getting into those would distract us from school, but especially to me because I needed to learn how to speak English. I interacted with more technology while I was at school than at home. I learned how to work simple computer controls and buttons at my elementary school’s computer lab, and asked my friends if I can play with their phone and pretend it was my own for 5 minutes.

I remember begging my parents to get me this phone and my excuse to be able to have it was so that i can take selfies...

By 5th grade, my parents got me my first Nintendo DS. They were right, I was on that 24/7 and got distracted with school time to time. My parents were surprised that I knew how to work the game without reading the instructions—they made me read it anyways. Also around this time, I was learning how to type and I was getting better at catching up with technology than most of my parents.

Fast forward a couple of years, I move to South Korea, a place known for their advanced technology and the fastest internet in the world. Everyone starting at the age of 11 had a cell-phone and a tablet. Subway stations had touch-screen interactive maps and everywhere in the city was equipped with free Wi-Fi. I wasn’t allowed to have a cell-phone then either, so I had computer time at home to get in touch with my friends when I wanted to get together. Finally, I bought my first iPod touch and was able to learn how to interact with social media. I made a Facebook account, Twitter Account, and many other interactive apps that made me feel closer to friends. During my 8th grade year, my school did a trial of sending each students home with a school issued laptop. I noticed that the school just issued the laptop but no manual to it. I set it up and did everything to personalize it and didn’t need instructions, and so did many of my other friends.

It wasn’t until junior year of high school until I bought my first phone, and the reason I was allowed was because I had a job. It wasn’t an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy, it was small and on minutes without data. I had to go through two non-smart phones before I could afford an iPhone the summer heading to college.

I owned each of these devices since I was introduced to the Apple product world.

Technology in my life was used more in school than at home. I use my phone and laptop in classes to take notes and basically everything that my class requires. From the town of Pattaya, Thailand, where I had little contact with technology to moving around being exposed to different types of technology around the world. I had to go through a lot to get to where I am to see how much technology has impacted my life. The barrier that I had with advancing in certain types of technology is when I was held from it from my mom, who also was entering a different world of technology from a third world country. With how advanced and involved technology is in people’s lives and especially mine, we digitally migrate to new ones, yet keep the native knowledge of the ones we’re born and raised into.

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Photo #1 Background: Photo courtesy to Adobe Sparks. Photo information is at the end of the page. I chose the ocean because that's where I was raised around and born into. It speaks to me for who I am and what I inspire to everyday. It's describes the journey I've made across the ocean to discover technology in a whole new level and be digitally illiterate.

Photo #2 Chalkboard: In Thailand, it was all chalkboard and confusing teaching. The level of school I had was not high rated at all compared to public schools in United States. Learning anything in Thailand was hard for me because it was all squeezed to a chalkboard just like this picture. Looking at this picture brings back many memories of sitting in class in a uniform and learning how to count 1-10 in English rather than Thai. I haven’t been taught with chalkboards since I was in Thailand. If I had to use it now, it would hard for me to write neatly, being a left-handed person limited me to many technologies than people think.

Photo #3 Airplane:This image describes my life as an Army Brat. Traveling everywhere around the world was our daily life every 3 years, with a few vacations in between. The first time I stepped on the plane to get from Bangkok, Thailand, to Kansas, this is what I saw as I head towards my seat and I remember thinking that I just wanted to fly forever. I believe that traveling with style and access to technology like this made me a travel bug. The comfort that these airplanes provided made me challenge the world to “bring it on” with their technology. Airplane rides have been my favorite thing to do and will always be my favorite because of technological inventions, on a flying aircraft.

Photo #4 Pink Motorola: I remember this phone and how every single one of my friends had it, even in this color and some with bejewels and dazzles on them. I remember being jealous of them and thinking to myself how expensive those must be. I also recall that one time I had to text my mom through my friends to come pick me up from school, and remembering how hard it was to type up a text having to press three times on a button to get to the letter “C”. My friends, however, could type up a paragraph quick. Their response was “you get used to it”, and me realizing I can’t get used to it if I don’t have it. Even if I get my hands on it now, I wouldn’t be able to do it because I’m used to the QWERTY board and touchscreen phones.

Photo #5 Subway: This picture has a lot of meaning to me in a technological way. When I moved to South Korea, everywhere I went everyone had a device attached to them. Everything they do was through their phone or tablet; train tickets, movie tickets, watching television, paying for their food, scan barcodes to get coupons. This culture finally caught on to me and it was a necessity that I learned how to do things on the phone to get anywhere in Seoul, South Korea. Sitting in the subway getting from place to place, this picture describes it all. It’s something that’s integrated into their life and without it, there’s not much they can do.

Photo #6 Apple Products: I chose this picture because these ten products, I have owned somewhere in my life. I received 3/10 as a gift and the rest I bought myself. This was my end picture because Apple products has been a huge part of my life to get to what I do on a daily basis. I listen to music everywhere I go and take my MacBook to every class to write notes. It’s integrated into my life and without it, I won’t be able to do photography, editing, writing, researching, all of those are a part of my life that I can’t imagine getting rid of. I grew up with these devices and consider myself a native to them.


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