I Should Slow Down (Reflection)

Our bodies are a means of communication. We are affected and we affect. Our senses are daily needs, but do we ever really use them to their full potential?

I deem myself a fast walker, I can not stand walking slow, be it behind a crowd, all alone, or with a friend by my side; I am always being told to “slow down!”. During the span of this class, I have gained new knowledge not only about our senses and developing them, but also about the minimal attention we pay to our senses. I would say that 85% of the time, I am not in a rush to get anywhere, I have just become accustomed to walking fast and squeezing through crowds. During one of out lectures, something that Heather said struck me; she was talking about Bruno Latour and the notion that “… with new knowledge, heightened awareness renews atonement to out unconscious”. This made me question what I could experience if I were to take the time to slow down, listen, and look at my surroundings. What am I missing when I speed by? Why am I so overly impatient walking behind slow people (who tend to be on their phones and not paying attention to their own surroundings)?

Senses not only serve us purpose in being able to experience the world, but they serve as a reminder that we are human, we have the ability to use parts of our senses, or attune ourselves to broaden our horizons and use them to the fullest of their capabilities. Time has no limit, it will go on without you, and you can chose to live each second seeing, hearing, feeling, and learning new things, or you can just rush to your destination and miss those little things that could make a difference in your life, or in that moment of your day.

Our senses are a privilege, not a right. We should be thankful for them and try to make a goal of discovering new things about them, expanding them, challenging them, and altering them. Be thankful for what you have and use it to its fullest, because some people out there would love to have what you have, and they would be grateful for being able to experience what you do, even for just 5 minutes.

Thanks to this class, I have not only learned a lot, but I have set a goal for myself:

Stop walking so fast, and start experiencing more of what’s around you.

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Response Poem – “Addiction”.

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For this response, I have decided to take on the role of a poet, with my fellow peers are inspiration. It is safe to say that the reflections and self-associated thoughts of my peers are what make this poem what it is.

In this poem, I will be taking on the various articles read in class that has anything to do with addiction. I am attempting to bring about a reoccurring theme; every one is a little (or a lot) addicted to something at one point in their lives, and every one has a valid opinion in intake on the different scopes of it.

  •  “I often get obsessed with the game and will not stop playing until the game is done … I get bored after a few hours and move on to something else (usually to my true addiction, the internet, which consumes my life).” (On Cleave) [http://amnicol.wordpress.com]
  •  “… Addicts themselves who feel sucked into and trapped by the zone or trancelike state, and which has caused many to become dependent on the game as a means to cope with or escape their real-life issues.” (On Schull) [http://mayarhizon.wordpress.com]
  •  “Players get ‘in the zone,’ a state wherein the rush erases any losses, and life beyond the machine recedes from view.” (On Schull) [http://makingsenses.wordpress.com]
  • “It actually provided me with some relief. I was able to feel confident in my control over my internet usage” (On Young) [http://amandaliotta.wordpress.com]
  •  “I also realized that the older generation likely to be gambling, while the younger generation has become more addicted to the Internet” (On Schull) [http://clacygan.wordpress.com]

 

With the above quoted, it is evident that there is a reoccurring theme in the notion of addiction. Be it gambling, internet, food, RPI’s, or video games; one can get addicted to anything if they are exposed to it for a certain period of time, and there will always be something new to say about the evolution of addiction(s).

Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. Look. Reblog. Like. Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. #ishouldreallygotobednow.

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I admit, I use the internet for quite a bit on a regular basis, but I wouldn’t say I’m ‘Addicted’. I don’t check my Facebook every 10 minutes, I hate twitter, and I’m not much of a YouTube person, but I am (or was) addicted to Tumblr (a social media blogging site). I would spend hours upon hours scrolling (I have infinite scroll turned on). It never stops and updates on every refresh. I have 10,300 posts in the span of 3 years (one of which I never went on) and have liked 8,619 posts. Tumblr has kept me from finishing assignments and studying for tests quite a few times. Recently, I have cut back and it doesn’t interest me as much, but I still check in every day for at least 10 minutes.

I believe Young does a wholesome job in incorporating all her data findings to give one a proper and unbiased view of “internet addiction”. What I found particularly interesting was the fact that the Dependents began to show family and personal problems. It’s shocking to notice that the internet, once used for speedier information and communication, has now turned into an outlet for so much. Gamers depend on the internet not only for their games, but for updates on new released, to update their system, to get cheats, to order their games. Which leads me to the notion of online shopping. People now enter their credit card information online, disregarding the risk of hackers, just to save themselves the ‘hassle’ of getting up off their rear and physically purchasing their item. It’s making generations lazier, which in turn, makes them unhealthier.

The list goes on, the internet expands, the generations get lazier, dependency increases, health decreases, the death rate increases, and the cycle continues. How sad is it that these past generations have dumbed down so much to the point where future anthropologists will have nothing to excavate but modems, keyboards, laptops, and consoles. Fieldwork? No problem, let’s just watch people’s online activity and engage in it ourselves. Easy. I feel that Young’s study should be taught in every class, as a mandatory reading, just to give people a slight reality check.

The internet is a privilege, not a right.