Am I a Digital Native?

 

The first time I ever actually touched something of large technological value it was a large blocky computer, and it was a game with graphics that back then were considered high tech. Roller Coaster Tycoon. That was when I first really discovered technology, was through computer gaming. After that it all seems to really blurr together, from when my dad got his first cellphone, to playing the Gamecube. Because even though the memory is fuzzy, I can still remember the way my dad’s beeper sounded when he had to call someone even if he had already gotten home from work. It just sort of went from one day there being nothing to having a SNES, a N64, a Gamecube, a computer, a playstation 2, and so many other devices. I remember the first time I got onto the internet was still during the time when if someone was expecting a call you couldnt get on because your internet would take up the phone lines somehow.

When it comes to technology I’m quite comfortable and not at all intimidated. Frankly I’ll be quite lost and confused when first fiddling with a new program or software or device but after a few tries of fiddling and probably eventually reading a manual or watching a tutorial, I can learn a lot on my own. Technology is fast and growing and I can not be stuck in the mindset of being afraid to try new things. If I want to survive in the world of journalism or even just the basic human world I have to learn to adapt just like the majority are already doing. Overall on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being the most comfortable 10 being absolutely terrified, I am definitely a solid 1.

My interest level in the technological world is quite high, especially in gaming. Virtual reality is most definitely becoming a thing now a days and I cant really wait to see where it heads. There are so many avenues for new technology, especially in the gaming world, that I want to be front and center to watch it happen. My only anxiety is that I wont be…quick enough or I won’t be bold enough to step forward. My own shyness is my only real anxiety besides one day being outmatched in my adaptation levels to new technology. I’m anxious that one day I will be the outdated technology, and that’s scary but also exciting and just pushes me more towards the idea that if I want to survive I have to be able to keep adapting and using these new technologies. I’m also just anxious. Plain anxiety is scary enough, let’s NOT add in new ingredients to the mix.

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