By Gia Pilgrim Charles, Editor-in-Chief
Like a newborn baby, I held my new iPhone in my hands; the man at Verizon actually congratulated me for changing over. I’ve always been a stubborn believer that “smart phones make dumb people,” but technology has grown so far past me that I was always fighting to catch up. I signed what felt like my life away, and purchased a very fragile and expensive piece of technology.
Am I being too dramatic? Probably. But you have to understand that I’ve stayed true to my maroon ENV 3 flip phone for over four years. There’s no way to measure the times I’ve dropped my phone, into water, or maybe even thrown it a few times. Each time, it’s proven its durability and ability to perform it’s only two tasks: texting and calling.
Maybe I have lost it a few times, lodged in the cushions of my friend’s couch after a fun night or maybe I’ve cursed it for not having GPS when I’m hopelessly lost in New York City, but we all have our ups and downs.
But now, I’m holding a rose-gold iPhone 6 with the ability to see my niece on Instagram while listening to Britney Spears on Spotify and simultaneously picking out the perfect emoji to express my current emotion. According to the Huffington Post, two thirds of Americans now own a smart phone. And records show that there are currently over 101 million active iPhones in the United States alone. We live in a world where it’s almost impossible to hold a job or to be a student without wireless connection. Being trapped in that kind of world has always frightened me, and so I’ve strayed away, receiving emojis in texts like “.”
We’ve all seen the typical teenager with their friend with their eyes glued to an iPhone, but what’s more, is that sometimes I’ll witness an entire family not communicating with each other; each one stuck in their own cellular universe. Statistics show that people aged 16 to 30 spend an average of 3.2 hours per day staring at a phone, and pick them up to look at them a whopping 150 times. As a strong believer in fostering and supporting friendships and family, I suppose I’ve always wanted to offer my undivided attention without a *ding* or a *buzz* during my time together with them. How is it that technology both helps us communicate, and yet, isolates us? I suppose what it comes down to is learning to balance these; and so I’m learning to think positively.
So now it’s day two with my new iPhone, I’m kind of figuring out Snapchat, YikYak, and Twitter, but I’m quickly realizing how long I’ve been on this campus. Most of my friends have graduated long ago and moved on to other areas and apps like LinkedIn instead.
I suppose we’re all faced with change at some point, and for me this time has come.
On that note, I’m sad to report that my time has run out here as your editor at the Farmington Flyer. It seems that now that I have the ability to stay connected with campus, that I now have to leave it. Since 2010, Farmington has been my playground, but also a place where I’ve learned my hardest and most valuable lessons. With one more semester left in my college career, it’s hard to believe that life exists out of a classroom. With an iPhone and a strong resume in hand I feel (kind of) prepared to take on the real world, and I thank UMF and the Farmington Flyer for helping me with the transition. It’s been real fun, UMF, and I’ll see you all in cyberspace!