Technology Expectations and Reliance

23 Feb

I pride myself on being a person that is not technologically-reliant. I refuse to put a television in my bedroom, my phone gets turned off at 9:30 pm sharp, my laptop is used primarily only when necessary, and I am not (although I don’t pride myself on this fact) up to speed on many, ok, any, of the new technologies available on the computer, or otherwise. But this week I spent having no contact with any technology besides ski lifts, and it was hard!

My family and I spent the week nestled in a condo on a quiet ski resort in the mountains. We had zero internet, computers, or cell reception. The days were spent skiing, and the nights spent visiting in the hot tub. It was fantastic. However, today on the way home, all of us had our phones turned on trying to get a signal as soon as we pulled onto the gravel! I felt that I had been deprived!

Not only that, but I was loaded with texts and emails that began with polite requests or comments, and by the end, had several emails/texts from the same people that began to sound increasingly impatient. They were “curious” (or more like demanding) about why I had not responded for several days. Have we become so dependent on technology and the speed that it allows that we have come to expect immediate responses?

I must admit that I do get a bit impatient with professors or classmates that do not regularly check their messages when I am trying to communicate with them. However, as a a teacher, and as a professional that is communicating with other teachers, parents, and students, how available do we have to be? How much is required? And how much is expected?


Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Blogging Adventures


8 responses to “Technology Expectations and Reliance

  1. bensackville

    February 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I think it’s definitely fair to say that people are more reliant on technology than they ever have been. However, it is hard in today’s world to not rely on it. Most people nowadays have a mobile device, a computer, or a tablet as a way of communicating with others. Some might even have the ability to send texts of call others from their vehicles! Availability is highly expected of people, and can cause anger and frustration in others when they cannot get ahold of another. I know I’ve done it, and it does seem ridiculous, but people today have that expectation that they should be able to hear back from somebody they are trying to talk to within at least 24 hours, and if they don’t, they play little games inside their head, wondering if that person has actually seen the message and simply hasn’t answered. Why haven’t they answered me? Was it something I said? Where are they? If you ask me, people are a little crazy in that way. However, they are justified in a way by the high standard that has been set upon communication in our world today.

  2. jillianengele

    February 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I agree that the world today is very reliant on their technology – especially mobile devices and computers. I know I would be lost without my phone and computer! I often wonder how I got through all of my years before having a cell phone! But, I guess that is because many other people did not have cell phones either. Now, it has become the norm which has made people become very attached to their various forms of technology. It can be very frustrating when people do not reply to e-mails and texts right away. As teachers, I feel that it is very important to stay up to date with all the changing technology. Everyone is so reliant on technology and we must realize that – it is very frustrating when profs do not reply to important e-mails. I think that all we can do is try to stay as up to date and connected to our students as possible and hope that we can keep up with them!

    • Alyshia

      March 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

      I absolutely agree! Do our best– it is certainly one of those things for teachers that is necessary lifelong learning!

  3. Katie

    February 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

    interesting post alyshia! It is funny how we assume we may not be reliant on something but when we are without for a certain amount of time we feel deprived. I am the same way when it comes to my cell phone. Not that I am addicted to texting but I get facebook, twitter, emails, calls and texts all to my cell phone. It is also interesting that people can become impatient when waiting for a reply. I become very impatient when waitinf for a reply from profs as well. Maybe just goes to show our society is becoming to impatient and we need to remember other ways of communication!

    • Alyshia

      March 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

      I like your point about remembering other ways of communication too– it doesn’t matter how often I text or email a friend, to get a phone call from her brightens my day much more than any text could!

  4. annaraskolnikoff

    March 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Ha ha – I see Alec didn’t respond to this one πŸ˜›
    From my point of view it is hard to meet all your students’ expectations. I am usually on my email all the time if I am at home, meaning – my computer is on and my email boxes are open, whatever I am doing.
    I remember how last year I was teaching an online course that I wrote myself. I had to supervise forum discussions and check translations (how I hated my scrutiny half way through!). I was told that checking forum and emails once a day is fantastic, but if I check it once in 2-3 days, it’s also going to be ok.
    Hardly a day went by without me checking the forum. I would also check my email once or twice a day. The course started eating up my life. I am positive that if I did it again, I would try not to overdo it as I did before. But I also know that I would not be able to πŸ™‚ All in all it is a good feeling to be voted “the most accessible teacher” even though I was in Canada and they were in Poland…

    • alyshiavankannel

      March 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story! See what I mean?! It’s good to be so “connected,” and your students appreciate it, but it also makes life difficult at times!


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