Educational Technology

November 20, 2013

Being digitally naked—are we too connected?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:28 am

By Carl Hooker, CIO Advisor

You ever have that heart-stopping feeling of fright when you leave the house without your phone? What about that feeling of exposure when you are the dentist office and realize you don’t have your favorite tablet to help you pass the time while catching up on episodes of Orange is the New Black? Isn’t it amazing how quickly we’ve become attached to our devices? They’ve become more than an accessory, they’ve become part of our clothes. You wouldn’t leave the house without clothes on would you? In September, I attended the Mobile 2013 Experience in Arizona and was faced with quite a conundrum. My phone was about to die and we were heading into the networking reception part of the event. I didn’t want to carry an iPad or laptop around with me, but didn’t want to be disconnected. It dawned on me the irony that I was about to head into a networking event and felt the need the to carry my phone with me to stay connected. Much like Linus of Peanuts fame, my iPhone is my security blanket. I figured I had two options at that point: either stay in my room and communicate and connect digitally with folks or actually go into the event without my device.

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