Electronic media, is one way that people stay connected. Part of human behavior is being curious and wanting to know everything. I am a highly nosy person and so when I had to go eight hours without using any technology, I struggled to maintain my high level of curiosity. For example, I explain how “My morning briefing of what I missed in the sports world, as well as the political landscape has become part of my everyday routine” and the day I was unable to maintain these connections, I felt left out of conversations and I felt one step behind all day (Orlosky, 2017, Eight Hours Without Technology, 2). Also in this paper, I had a conversation with my mom about her teenage years and what she would not be able to go eight hours without. Her response, a car. Similar to the telegraph, a car increased your ability to communicate with other people. Without the car, in her social group she said that meant “our social life would not exist for that day,” and they would be left out, similarly to how I felt left out without having my phone (Orlosky, 2017, Eight Hours Without Technology, 5). Both her experience and my experience showcase the human behavior of fitting in and not being lonely. In my case, if I knew the news, then I could be involved in communication and was not left out. My mom had a similar feeling, without the car, she was unable to interact with her friends and thus, was lonely.
Human behavior has been altered by the inclusion of new media and technology in society. This can be seen in the 1800s and 1900s with the introduction of the telegraph and the television. This is also noticed in present society with the addition of the mobile phone and the various applications on these devices. People have gotten much more impatient with one another and expect certain responses from others, including quick responses to messages and the attention in the form of likes or ratings. People’s attention spans today have also diminished. The episode of “Black Mirror” defined what I think about the way that society has become today. People are constantly looking for shares and likes to receive gratification. In my opinion, I don’t need to post everything I do because the people I want to see my posts are often those who I do the experience with or are people that I see often, so I could tell them in person rather than having to post on social media.