If I had to define technology I would say; technology is the use of materials and tools that create a more efficient style and pace of work. This is the story of my first computer, cellphone, and car and how they helped shape and define the person I am today. My relationship with computers range widely across educational capabilities and recreational capabilities. My first phone had an impact on my life as well, but this time in a more social sense. I was the last of my friends to get a cell phone so it sort-of created my social web at the start. My first car gave me a sense of responsibility and maturity which I learned to value greatly. I believe technology has had and will continue to have a larger impact on myself as a person and I feel it will also become a larger part of our lives in the future
I got my first computer from my grandpa when I was about 8 years old. It had no internet accessibility, and only 3 games, pinball, minesweeper, and backyard baseball. Having this computer, I believe opened the door to technology for me. At the start I saw technology and thought:
Later on in life I developed a technological mentality for professional use as I went through school. I learned to separate recreational use and educational use as I got farther into high school. I would practice rhetoric writing on computers in high school. At the end of my high school career I felt confident that I was prepared for college.
I got my first cellphone when I was 12 because I was starting football at my middle school and my parents wanted a way for me to contact them after practice and ICE. There were many rules I got along with the phone, I couldn't delete texts, my mom had to delete them. I also had to have it down stairs by 8pm every night (even on weekends). Getting my first phone was a major event for me because I was the only one of my friends without one, I wanted to be one of the "cool kids". I also believe that my first phone was the starting point for expanding my social web. Growing up until about 12 or 13, I was raised with the rule “Be home by the time the street lights came on” so I was never really connected to technology in forms of communication so my social group consisted of friends around the neighborhood or some close friends from school. I was never able to just text a friend “wanna hang out?” so when I obtained my first phone I was able to expand my social web farther than before. Now, I have an iPhone and I utilize it to its max potential every day. I listen to music constantly, I am also able to get on blackboard and/or my school email if I am away from my laptop.
My first car was a 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee. My grandparents made a deal with me that if I flew down to California I could drive it back up to Washington. Of course having the chance of getting your first car is a major point in your life. After getting the jeep, I knew many good memories would come of it. But I also knew that along with the memories came the responsibilities. This was the point in my life where I felt I went from a boy to a man. I had to get a job to pay for gas so I started working at my local community center which ultimately led up to me choosing my major in college, also to help with gas I started driving my neighbor to school and luckily they were wiling to help pay for part of my gas used going to and from school.