Blog Post #4: Credit Card Number Being Stolen… No Biggie, There Are Social Security Numbers in The Hands of Foreigns

As a society, we are open to sharing and posting the fun and exciting things we do in our lives to show our happiness and satisfaction. Some are private and conceal their information fearing judgment and personal lives being out there. Why did I open my digital identity argument comparing private and public people? Maybe what really defines our digital identity is us based on the information we share online where other people access. Based on many studies, public people seem to share more of their private information to their social media about their everyday lives compared to private people. Makes sense right? However, did you know even being a private person, there are personal and very confidential information are floating among frequently visited websites?

According to the Huffington Post Part 1, Chambers stated, “They weren’t forced on us. If we read the voluminous “terms of service” agreements that we check yes to in return for these free services, we’d see that the providers of “free” services were very candid about how they’d use our personal information.” Although you might think your digital identity is kept safe, your credit card number may not be based on your last target purchase online and forgetting that you clicked remember my card for subsequent purchases. How about when you click yes on remember my password on certain platforms? This undertake allows viruses and hackers to access very personal information about you that you never thought someone else has.

According to the Huffington Post Part 2, Chamber’s statement of “we as a culture have answered that nobody but YOU should own you. Digital or otherwise. It’s the “keep out of my business and stay off my lawn” principle.” As a society, we might think us and only us have access to our personal information. But did you take into consideration actions such as sharing your current location via your phone in exchange for better directions next time, or agreeing to a cookie on a search engine to track us in limited ways, in exchange for better search results?

I can be counted as a victim of this digital identity dilemma due to sharing my Instagram password to a foreign app called Followers which is linked to Instagram. This app helped identify those who follow you, unfollow you, and don’t follow you back. I was very interested so I gave it a try by plugging in my username and password and “trusting” this website with my private information. I enjoyed it but within a span of two weeks, a Rayban post on my Instagram was posted without my consent or even seeing the picture before it was posted. Therefore I went to take a look at the terms and services of this app and they stated in order for me to keep tracking my followers, my password, username, and pictures have to be shared with them. As an active social media member, I learned my lesson to not pressing yes or allowing foreign apps and cookies to control my personal information that only ME has a right to own and no one else’s.

People every day are being tricked and coerced into agreeing to things where they don’t understand the consequences. I strongly agree and give props to Chambers statement of, “each and every one of us has the right to decide for ourselves exactly when, where, how, and with whom our digital identity can be shared.”

Your Eyesight and Well Being is Important…. The Internet Doesn’t Know That

These two articles show significant mental and physical health effects caused by the internet and excessive use of technology.  Spending hours crouching, not only does it weaken your eyesight but your back and neck joints are also affected. Do you think social isolation, anxiety, and hostility could also be major effects on you due to your lavish use of technology and social media? Check out both of these articles for more details and answers.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/internet-addiction/guide/

https://www.wired.com/story/failing-vision-screens-blindness/

Googling Myself: I Want my Social Platforms to Portray The Person I Want to Be

Social media has its many virtues and vices. Many people believe they are becoming less social as a result of it but others say it’s bringing them closer than ever. To me, it is more of seeing what is out there and how to connect with everybody. I like to follow pages I love. I like to get inspired whether to work out or outfits to buy and wear. I also like to connect with my family and friends back in Egypt and what they are up to. Online, I am portrayed based on my social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, vsco, and Pinterest and it would be a way for people to see who I am. I would want people to think that I am an interesting person with interesting hobbies and likes. I would like to be presented as different and not as common as everyone else where they could remember my profile based on what I post.

Five years from now, I want to be less more of a private person and allow others to see who I am and what I am like. For example, I want to make all of my social platforms public and be more active among all of them. I also want to evolve my berg domain after my FYS class is over. For example, I would want to post trips I’ve taken over the summers, researchers I’ve done, study abroad program and my experiences throughout. I could also make a guide on classes, studies, and workshops I’ve attended for anybody going to major in biology on a pre-med track in the near future.

When I googled myself on a foreign computer, I discovered that I was signed up a platform known as Sutori which I never thought I had an account on. However, platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Berg domains, and my new twitter account for my FYS class automatically came up by looking my first and last name, Suzane Girgis. Throughout every platform, I was presented differently. For example, when I clicked on Facebook, my basic Facebook profile came up with my profile and header pictures. Surprisingly, my facebook account isn’t private at all. It showed all of my friends, pictures I am tagged in, pictures I posted, people who follow me, and my personal information. I clicked on another platform such as Instagram, and this one showed up as private showing my profile picture, bio information, how many posts I have, and my following ratios. I am not surprised because I prefer setting my social platforms private and accept people I know to view it.

The coolest thing I found while googling myself was pressing on images and see how I was portrayed. One of the main things that popped up was my Pinterest pins and images I favorited on it. For example, I favorited things such as outfits, cars, a YouTuber I used to watch all the time and inspired pictures to take for my Instagram. Some of these pictures came up only by pressing photos on google along with my Pinterest profile picture. When I pressed on Pinterest, it showed my different pins, albums, and things I like.

Another cool thing that I noticed while looking through google images were my Prezi projects for my various subjects back in Highschool. For example, images such as bloom syndrome and poetry out loud appeared with all of my work on there. This shows my Prezi not being set on private and that anyone could have access to it and see my work. This brought back so many memories such as people I worked with, how long it took us, and my teacher reviewing it after school to make sure it was exactly what she wanted. Moving onto bigger education just made me realize that it won’t be as easy as high school and we couldn’t just skip through class without having our homework done and ready to go. College is always going to be a challenge but we are going to surpass it and be whoever we are meant to be.

Blog Post #3: Were College Students Better Off Before Social Media?

As technology grows and evolves, we as a society tend to evolve, grow, and learn the new innovations that come out every year or perhaps every few months. College kids back then experienced “the paper directory with everyone’s number and the friendly prank calls.” In contrast to today’s college kids, we tend to get numbers through DM on Instagram. Social media had been an empowering aspect in the life of a college kid today. Posting the best photos to show off your personality and feed, tweeting your opinions, likes and dislikes, and snapping and sharing valuable moments help identify us as a person. Although we tend to share almost our daily lives with others, we don’t post our full ideas and opinions fearing criticism.

One of the recent main topics that were merely discussed online was the election of Donald Trump. Although it’s a freedom of speech country, others felt compelled to talk about it online fearing an increase of hate, disapproval, and change of opinion about someone. College kids are surrounded by everyday entertainments, clubs, community service, and parties on the weekend. Although we might want to share online every fun moment, we fear to share a photo holding a red solo cup or a snap taking a shot thinking it would interfere with our future career. Throughout middle and high school, teachers and counselors always said: “once something online is posted, it is never gone from the internet and someone will find it and bring it back.” I truly agree and believe with this statement due to updates such as screen recording and screenshots. Your videos and photos can be on someone else’s phone that you never thought it would be and can be reposted.

If social media was ever banned or magically banished from our school, people would be very bored and have no drama to follow or people to stalk. People would also find it very difficult to approach and get to know others. Social media helps us get to know someone online without facing them face to face which makes others feel uncomfortable doing it in real life. For example, today many people break up over text because it is easier to deal with it over the phone than to talk about it face to face. Also, long-distance relationships are based on social media, FaceTiming, texting and keeping in touch. If these apps were banned, there would be no way of communicating and might result in a breakup.

Now that I think about it, It is very sad to think that technology can control your love life and your everyday decisions. This shows how negatively social media really impact us every day. We don’t realize our abundant time usage on it and the negative consequences that follow it. I believe taking a break from social media once in a while is a great chance to find yourself and who you really are compared to the person you want others to perceive you as.

Technology Autobiography

Before writing this blog, I hadn’t really considered the significance of my interactions with technology. However, I realized how technology really influences me as a person and the decisions I make from a very young age. From having my first phone to learning how to use a computer and type, to using a MacBook to do my homework and use google classroom, I have been introduced into a world filled with many opportunities. As a society, we are introduced to and continue to use technology every day in our lives whether calling someone, checking the weather, watching TV, or press to start our car.

One of my first interactions with technology would have to be getting my first phone. I remember it was one of the happiest days of my life. When I was eight years old, my dad promised to get me a phone if I did very well in school and achieved all A’s. A throwback to the summer of 2009, on a cozy night watching Ratatouille, my dad came into the room surprising me with my dream phone at the time, a Nokia 1110i. This phone became my one and only favorite obsession. I used to play the snake game all the time and compete with my dad on who’s holding the high score. I even used to flaunt my phone and call my grandma almost every hour instead of using the home phone which I thought was “old school.” At the age of eighteen, I look back at my old phone and my recent one and wonder what phone we would be using in 2030? Will the phone be as thin as paper or will our mind control our finger touches?

My main approach to technology was the computers at my school. Being raised in an orderly fashioned French Catholic school, my school still updated all of their appliances year by year as a new innovations came out. Classes were taught on the usage of computers, printing, typing, and even how to screen projectors while presenting a project. As a college student, today, a pencil and a paper are no longer the main school supplies but a laptop is. It has become the main center for most of my activities, both for my schoolwork and for entertainment. For entertainment, I use it to watch Netflix, Youtube, access social media and Facetime family members and friends. Academically, I use my laptop to write my papers, access my berg domain website and post blogs, write lecture notes, access homework and turn it in for a grade, and even take online quizzes. Not only do I use my laptop for schoolwork but it is a way to access my emails and communicate with professors anytime through email asking about homework, class meetings, and workshops.

With the many experiences that I encountered with technology, I can claim that I’ve been impacted deeply by it. However, I still get introduced to new technological advances every day whether a new app is out or a new version of the MacBook is released. Through my third week of college, I was introduced to the main websites Canvas, berg domain, OWL2, and Muhlenberg apps. Although I enjoy technology and its easy access, I wonder if as a society we rely too much on it that we have to depend on it daily. With the new iPhone releases, Car releases, video games, and laptops, as a society, we must evolve and adapt as quickly as the technology that we use.

Blog Post #2: As We May Think Brief Analysis

Throughout Bush’s eight sections of defining the main technological advances, thorough detail and reasoning were stated for every device helped draw us as readers to believe technology controls us and our past discoveries and experiments. Bush argues that these instruments could be properly developed and can assist our society access to and command over the “inherited knowledge of the ages”. Past observations, discoveries, and studies were evolved around theories and evaluations but were never put to use. With the use of today’s technology and the many useful instruments, society would be able to focus and evolve past existing knowledge. As of today, “science has provided the swiftest communications between individuals; it has provided a record of ideas and enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts from that record so that knowledge evolves and endures throughout the life of a race rather than of an individual.” Improved technology has helped us grow as a society, where we define “our biological processes so that we have a progressive freedom from disease and an increased span of life.”
Bush highlights, that selection of information is primarily via indices, and yet the human mind works by association which leads us to the famous memex. The memex was a device in which Bush believed was the “mechanized private file and library.” The tool allows the user to buy content such as books, pictures, periodicals, newspapers, lace longhand notes, photographs, memoranda to be loaded onto the memex. He went into particular with the fast forward and backward and how the user with a press of a button can go immediately to the first page of the memex index. Bush highlighted how trials of such memex could help people such as patent attorneys, physicians, chemists, lawyers with their professions. Bush accomplished in addressing what scientists should now turn their attention to, today’s technology.

Blog Post #1: How Technology Impacts My Life DAILY”

Technology became a major factor in my everyday life where I utilize it excessively for many reasons. As a first-year college student, products such as laptops, Ipads, and smartphones dominate my life and are required to succeed. For example, in my General Chem 103 class, a code had to be purchased for $120 to access my homework assignments and view my grades. Why do we need to buy our homework assignments? Why practice problems online and not get a piece of paper and physically show my work and how I got to my answer? As our society grows and future expands, school starts to lack the “paper and a pencil.” Through my first two weeks of college, I received two packets, my syllabus from two classes while looking up the others online. Not only does technology impact my education but also does my job.

As a try to have a side job next to my school education. Being a customer service associate, I am in charge of sending/payout money from western union and money orders. Customers don’t need to fill out paper forms of whether sending or paying out money anymore. All I need is their ID and phone number, and their transaction is complete. As banks give us more options and safer ways of paying, apple pay comes in the game. Applying your card to your phone makes a transaction complete with a touch of a button. What happens if you lost your phone with all of this information on it? A person could easily find access and steal your card numbers and wouldn’t be the safest way after all. Credit cards and debit cards were introduced to our society to allow an instant withdrawal of cash from an ATM machine.

With such inventions, people carry less and less cash and checks, spend lavishly and lack the budget. I am guilty of all of these innovations. While technology can serve as a good and make life easier and quicker, there are some side effects to how things are processed and understood. As a society, I believe we should not make technology a priority but use it properly.