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36 Hours of ONLY Technology

A Queen's University Film 335 Keynote Presentation.

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36 Hours of ONLY Technology

  1. 1. There is a well known experiment that consists of placing a frog in a pot of water. If a frog is placed in boiling water then it will quickly jump out. However, if it is is placed inwater that slowly starts to boil, then it will gradually adapt to the heat and eventually die. These findings can be applied to the use of technology in our society. Devices liketelevisions, personal computers, and cellphones have steadily entered into our society andchange the way humans interact with one another. More and more, people are living theirlives digitally through the use of social networks. This is a phenomenon that when looked at with a fresh perspective is extremely troubling. Perhaps the only reason people in modern society do not find it troubling is because, like the frog, the permeation of technology has happened slowly. Our technological intervention will be the equivalent of dumping the frog directly into boiling water.
  2. 2. POLL
  3. 3. • Academics• Personal & Emotional• Physical• Marketing and social media• The Relaxed & Lonely• The Unaffected• The Lifestyle
  4. 4. AcademicsWe believe that one of the primary reasons for our reactions to the project comes from our own personality traits •Fun •Outgoing •Loves to be outside •Personable •Talkative
  5. 5. AcademicsHow I Use TechnologyTo enhance communication with othersNot as an alternativeFor academic purposeMarketing and social mediaAvid technology userOn most social networking sitesBig fan of apps that help with daily tasksHuge believer in the fact that technology really is changing to world
  6. 6. AcademicsHow I Use TechnologyTo enhance communication with othersNot as an alternativeFor academic purposeMarketing and social mediaAvid technology userOn most social networking sitesBig fan of apps that help with daily tasksHuge believer in the fact that technology really is changing to world
  7. 7. AcademicsTweeting:
  8. 8. AcademicsIssues & Disconnect ACADEMIC DISSCONNECT The issue with the nutty professor • Isolated (name is disclosed) •Missed outside Participation frustration •Restricted movement •Anxiety Productivity •Frustrated by me being Battery life and technical issues unable to communicate Gained less knowledge properly
  9. 9. AcademicsFacebook
  10. 10. Personal & Emotions• Strong awareness of the amount of technological use: knowing vs. not knowing• Verbal communication• Hearing thoughts out loud helps put situations in perspective• Trapped in my own mind• Emotional anxiety causing personal conflict and distress• Balance is key• Frog analogy: I jumped out of the boiling pot• Would I do it again?
  11. 11. Personal & Emotions
  12. 12. Physical
  13. 13. PhysicalAnxiety• Dependent on friends• Claustrophobic• Short term memory deficiency• Social anxiety
  14. 14. PhysicalFIRST 11 HOURS:6 hrs of tv+1 hr texting+4 hrs of misc.= one sick Hilary
  15. 15. Physical• dropped into the boiling pot• no build up• symptoms increased• got out after 24 hours• connections
  16. 16. Physical Who HasInternet Access? 81% of households in metropolitan areas 76% of households in agglomerations
  17. 17. PhysicalVideo Response
  18. 18. The Relaxed & Lonely
  19. 19. The Relaxed & Lonely• Use technology on a regular basis for school purposes / while at school• Almost constantly have cell phone• From a rural area• Dial-up Internet• Definitely very disconnected at home
  20. 20. The Relaxed & LonelyRelaxed• Opportunity to be anti-social/withdraw• Less pressure• None verbal communication• Do not have to respond as quickly when communicating through technology• Spike in productivity
  21. 21. The Relaxed & LonelyLonely • No substitute for human interaction • Technology creates distance • Took it more personally when people don’t respond instantly • Removed from outside world • Forced Egocentric
  22. 22. The UnaffectedTechnology I Use vs. Friends I Have (John)
  23. 23. The UnaffectedTechnologyDependent mixed with Anti-Social
  24. 24. The Unaffected
  25. 25. The Unaffected“If I had to paralyze one of my children, it would be you” - My Father
  26. 26. The UnaffectedMy Symptoms
  27. 27. The UnaffectedMy Problems
  28. 28. The Lifestyle
  29. 29. The LifestylePersonality • Relatively outgoing, but enjoy my privacy and time alone • Extremely techno-dependent • My personal & business life depends highly on technology use on a daily basis • The concrete jungle is my home • Can’t stand silence – libraries freak me out
  30. 30. The LifestylePunctuality – Not an Issue
  31. 31. The LifestyleTechnical Dependency • Reliant on how technology behaves, not necessarily “we” the person. 3 hour classes and a charged battery. • This experiment specifically, we were reliant on the other person to set up, be on time, etc.Virtual Space vs. The Real • Sarcasm, humour, laughing – WEIRD! • Not on the same page – Brody did YOGA.
  32. 32. The LifestyleIn the end… It’s about you, your lifestyle, how you handle situations, and what your preferences are towards technology. As much as a break it was, I was still certainly aware of what was happening. It’s about a healthy balance between the two extremes.
  33. 33. POLL
  34. 34. POLL
  35. 35. Critical EngagementThree of us found the experiment challenging with emotional, physical and phycologicaleffects. While the other three found it relatively painless and easy to manage. What isthe implications of this? Can members of society completely emirs themselves in thistechnology bubble until it seems normal? Canadian men are 8% more likely than Canadian women to own smartphones
  36. 36. Critical Engagement Canadians living in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario are:• 10% more likely to have smartphones• 11% more likely to have data plans• 2% more likely to own a tablet• 12% more likely to use internet on their mobile phone than other provinces.

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