OR: “EC&I 831 – Social Media & Open Education” pre-class impressions.
I am addicted to learning, and information overstimulates my brain.
After many years using the Internet to feed my addiction, I decided it was time to change. I took two weeks off in June 2016, and I established only one rule for those days: zero technology. Flowers, tomato trees, paper books, craft materials, and photographs were my new companions. I felt at peace. The urge to turn my computer on before washing my face in the morning and the ridiculous habit of pressing the “F” key to open Facebook, when I should open Microsoft Word to write a paper, were no longer part of my new routine.
Currently, I can say that I have a healthy relationship with digital information.
A week ago, I received Dr. Couros‘ email saying that blogging and posting on Twitter are assignments: real assignments. Yeah, it was hard to believe as you can see from my first post on Twitter using the course hashtag:
— Jaqueline Bampi (@JaqueBampi) September 9, 2017
What I meant was: Seriously?!
I was afraid that my addiction would come back, and instead of pressing “F”, I would start pressing “T” every time I needed a computer for working or studying.
It is not new to me that there are great things on Twitter, but not using it was just a personal option. Since I am a very disciplined student, I spent some time (too much time?) after our first class thinking about my profile on Twitter and trying new hashtags related to my job, such as #leadership, #highered, and #studentaffairs. I am not addicted to Twitter (yet), but my brain really enjoyed the new activity:
I had a dream: there were hashtags everywhere. I hope this is a good thing! #eci831
— Jaqueline Bampi (@JaqueBampi) September 14, 2017
The dream is a true story. So is the fear of social media relapse.
As an educator working in a higher education setting and advising millennial students on a daily basis, I registered on this course to learn how to integrate technology into my practices more deliberately and creatively.
After reviewing the principles of the Digital Detox class I took last year, before I became a “Facebook user in recovery”, and watching a new (to me) interview with one of my favourite speakers about social media addiction, I realized that it is possible to have a healthy relationship with social media and fully enjoy my EC&I 831 course! :D
Tell me in the comments:
How is your relationship with social media? Am I the only one facing a love-hate relationship with it?
The link for comments is below the title. Thank you for asking me about this, Colleen :)