This week was not the first time I have paid attention to my own lack of attention. Up until about a year ago, I had a phone that still slid back and forth complete with a physical keyboard and no front camera. Not being connected to the whole world at my fingertips often left me alone in a room full of people. Eating with my friends in the caf turned into me watching them watch their phones and when we watched movies, I was the only one really watching. So on that glorious day last August when I walked out of Verizon with the dumbest of smart phones, I promised myself I would not become void in just to exist in some virtual world.
As I began to keep my ‘attention journal’, I learned I spend time on my phone mostly at night before bed. This is both good and bad. Good because that means I am not blocking anyone out to scroll through posed pictures and cliche captions, but so many studies say this is horrible for almost every aspect of our health, so that’s not too good. My ‘physical space’ is a twin sized bed that acts as the bottom half of a bunk bed and my device is my Samsung phone. I usually spend about a half hour catching up on social medias for the day and reading articles I found interesting. Often times I would pick up a book after I put my phone down, so, to me, it was just another piece of bedtime literature. I didn’t really see any working or not working, I think I just become more conscious of the time I was spending online (while my books looked at me with pleading eyes).
Like everything we’ve learned in this class, we have to take our lessons and pass them down to our students. This one may be a bit more challenging than others because it may not be directly applied in today’s classrooms. As education evolves with technology, teachers will be able to instruct students technological manners. This may be the most important lesson I learned from this assignment.