Before I answered this question, I took some time to think about the relationship I have had with technology throughout my life and how it has changed with time. Of course, when I was young, we might as well have been in the stone age compared to how things are now. The time I did get with technology was either watching whatever my dad had on TV, almost always sports or jeopardy, or a timed session playing video games which I LIVED for! I would take any opportunity to play my Nintendo, I even have memories of waking up early in the morning before the sun was up and sneaking in to the living room to play before my mom woke up to get us ready for school. So, I would say that from a pretty early age I had somewhat of an obsession with technology.As I got older and technology got better, as it does, my obsession naturally grew with it. Not just with video games though, I found myself being fascinated with the way things worked, and because of that I ruined a lot of good toys taking them apart and predictably not being able to put them back together losing vital components. While my mother wasn’t very happy about me ‘destroying’ perfectly good toys just to see what made them tick, I couldn’t wait to try again. When I finally got a cell phone around 14 years old, that was when things really changed in regards to my relationship with technology.My phone became a part of me, I had to have it on me all the time just in case someone tried to get a hold of me. I was constantly texting, and I mean constantly, this was back before unlimited texting was ever a thing so with every single incoming and outgoing text came a small fee which if my memory serves me correct was around 10 cents (Reardon, 2008). For a responsible person with some restraint that used text messaging sparingly this wouldn’t be much of an issue but for a teenager who is sending upwards of 1,000 text messages in a single billing
period, things get a little pricey to say the least. Being away from my phone gave me anxiety andthat connection stuck with me well in to my early 20’s, and it wasn’t until I was nearing 30 years old that my relationship really began to change. At this point in my life I started to realize the stress that I was carrying with me daily that revolved around my phone, emails or other technology-based forms of communication and because of that ended up going off the grid, so to speak. I deactivated all my social media accounts with the exception of Instagram and have neverlooked back. Now, the majority of the time I spend on my phone is staying in touch with my siblings or searching forums to learn how to do something new. The reason I interact with technology the way I do now is fairly simple in my eyes, I want as little stress and drama from outside sources as possible and to maintain a connection with those that are distant physically.